There's an old saying, usually attributed to Confucius, that goes something like "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime." There's an important life lesson in that simple statement. Some people translate it conceptually into something like "Education is the most important thing you can give someone to better his circumstances." I'm not sure that's really getting to the heart of the matter, or always accurate for that matter — though it's probably close enough for government work.
As the old saying goes: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime". And that couldn't be truer for lifelong learning. As eLearning professionals, we have the rare opportunity to help our online learners live up to their true potential. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through Personal Knowledge Management. Personal Knowledge Management is the process of collecting and organizing relevant knowledge. Here are 8 best practices to facilitate Personal Knowledge Management in your eLearning course design.
Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime—Author unknown
An aphorism that is related to the one about teaching a man to fish, and similarly applicable to far more than just IT security, is one I made up years ago and have used when relevant ever since:
The conference will spark debate amongst local and foreign delegates surrounding the future of sustainable and innovative approaches to education by drawing on examples and models from around the world. CEO of Teach A Man To Fish said of the conference,