Recently, I stumbled upon this post in Medium.com about 2 different types of learning. A little bit of background, Medium.com is a new initiative by Twitter that describes itself as “a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world.” It’s a pretty interesting website that has a lot of things that you can read in your spare time.
Back to the article, in summary, the article explained the differences between the 2 ways of learning and their benefits. Just-in-case learning is likened to school. You learn everything you could possibly learn. Mathematics, sciences, language, etc. It is like a long-term, risky investment. It might or might not be useful for you in the future. Just-in-time learning is like your first day of work. You need to learn because you have to be able to do your job. So you watch, you copy, rinse and repeat until you eventually learn how to do your job. The result of your learning is immediate, unlike Just-in-case learning. However, depending on the situation and the field of study, the 2 learning techniques can be useful if applied correctly.
Read more about this article here! If you are looking for another article, I would like to recommend another article called Simple is Smart. It also features a case study of Google on how they design their search engine’s user interface to make it “efficient” and easy to use.
Happy Reading! 🙂