Interview with Prof. Dr Fritz Breithaupt, Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington (USA) & St. Gallen (Switzerland)
Prof. Dr Fritz Breithaupt, Professor and Chair of the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington (USA), recently published a provocative thesis in the newspaper “DIE ZEIT”: individually tailored computer programs are being developed to become personal teachers – and this will be a reality in the near future. In twenty years from now at the latest, conventional teaching will be replaced by conversations with a virtual teacher. He didn’t have to wait long for the protests. Learning experts such as Prof. Ralf Lankau from Offenburg University warned of manipulative systems and the raising of individuals with social deficits and autistic tendencies. An article in the newspaper FAZ forecast the immediate end of data protection and incapacitation as an educational goal: such offers cultivate “learning hamsters” who are lacking in nothing but the happiness gained by knowledge and insight. Prof. Breithaupt will be explaining the “Talking Method” at the exhibition Zukunft Personal in October. We spoke to him personally about the advantages and disadvantages of such “further training bots”.
Researching and writing about the changing world of work and the future of the labour market, one tends to forget about the past. Now here is a great reminder about mastery and craftsmanship via the painter, Vincent Van Gogh.
Vincent van Gogh worked as an artist only for a decade. In those 10 years he managed to produce 840+ paintings and 1000+ sketches having almost no formal training as artist at all. How did he manage to be so productive and at the same time reach an extraordinary level of mastery? We are lucky that Van Gogh also wrote a lot of letters of which 900+ are still available today. These letters shed a light on his way of working and show how Van Gogh approached his work, the struggles he faced and how he managed to overcome them. Ger Driesen did in depth research on these letters to come up with 7 principles that Van Gogh used to develop his ‘art of work’. These 7 principles are still very useful and applicable today.
– a podcast with learning and development expert, Ger Driesen