As the need for greater work-learning integration increases, the context of learning becomes ever more important. Context shapes the learning experience. By examining the multi-layered world of people at work, we can begin to understand the constraints of a person’s situation as well as its hidden opportunities. This may lead us to design more holistic and effective solutions for performance improvement.
An examination of context allows us to address the fact that learning is not just a mental activity that occurs in a vacuum. Rather, many interacting factors affect workplace learning and performance.