The Power of Why
Ask any parent of a toddler what the most frequently asked question is and invariably the answer will be “why?”.
We are all born curious with a desire to understand why the world behaves the way it does. We have all asked why the sky is blue and were left feeling either disgruntled and dissatisfied with the response “because it just is” or with a deeper understanding of the universe when someone patiently takes the time to explain that light is made up of many colours that travel at different waves and that the smaller, shorter blue waves get scattered more than other colours, which is why the sky appears blue to our eyes. Not only does this latter answer reward our curiosity, but it sends the message that learning is an enjoyable process for its own sake.
Learning at any age is much harder if we are simply expected to absorb a fact per se, rather than understand the “why” - why something works the way it does, why an event happened, why a law has evolved the way it has. Whilst studying for any qualification, whether studying from a book, online or attending lectures, the curious-minded learner inevitably ponders the material they have learnt and questions arise in their mind.
At Coracle, we recognize the importance to an individual of gaining a deeper understanding of the “whys”, which is why courses hosted on the Learning Line not only equip students with the vital information needed in order to achieve the necessary qualifications in their field, but also go further in allowing those students to contact mentors, ask advice from their peers and pose the question “why” in order to personalize their learning and gain the answers for which they are looking.
By creating a social network around a course, learners have a responsive environment where they can communicate with fellow learners in their own subject all with their own set of “whys”. These “whys” form the basis of valuable discussions from which all can learn and the community spirit fosters an atmosphere where learning is an enjoyable process for its own sake.