With the reduction in panic over current social conditions, one of the side effects is that there is now a lot more personal learning than there was, say, a year or so ago.
This is partly due to the fact that organizations are trying to return everything to normal. However, and I find it quite amusing, it is largely driven by members of these organizations. What is happening (as I see it) is that these organizations have found that they have many members who are not keen on online education and insist on personal lessons.
The reason I find it so amusing is that when it all started a couple of years ago, these organizations that I mean, and many like them, told their members that in the future it will all be online -seminars, period. Because continuing membership requires a certain number of hours of continuing education (CEU), everyone had to worship the new system or lose membership.
For those of us who didn’t like it, the answers when we complained ranged from “tough” (not so worded, but that’s what they meant) to “What, you want to be a superdistributor”?
As it turned out, there seemed to be enough people like me who declined to participate but clearly expressed their views on online webinars and continuing membership to get someone’s attention.
I would like to be a fly on the wall at some recent board meetings where councils have been forced to succumb to members ’wishes rather than issue decrees that clearly inform members as it will be from now on. Good time.
Anyway, no matter how I draw from the above circumstances, there are some other pretty unique things happening around the CEU or at least in the world of the regional tree.
One is that, despite what is being offered, the quality of the courses seems to have improved somewhat. To be clear, the CEU classes were pretty good. I don’t mean that they used to be low quality, but rather that they look like that whoever is collecting these things now is really doing their best to make them as good as possible.
Because multiple organizations / groups wear these things, it’s not just one person or group doing it, so it really catches my attention.
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Another great thing is that due to the nationwide nature of last year’s cold disaster, everyone, from tree workers to researchers, watched and learned as much as possible about what happened, and disseminated this information as carefully as possible – and as quickly as possible. Much, but not all, of this information has been and continues to be provided in CEU classes.
Because some of what people learned and shared led them to better appreciate – and sometimes help – cold-damaged trees, it was extremely timely and helpful.
Why is the column about continuing education and not about how important it is now to stand out from this one in the first place? First, as I mentioned, I personally find all of the above very interesting (by the way, it’s important to bring out this pre-mergent right now if you haven’t already).
Secondly, I think that the changes in the way things are done – moving forward – are not over yet and mean that there will be further changes that have not yet become apparent (at least for me). I think green business in general is now in the process of restructuring.
How, I can’t say.