What is learnability?

It is a composite and complex competency reflected in how mindful we are, every second of our lives. In a way, it is opposite of our reflex actions; learned responses are conscious responses to stimuli.

Learned responses follow "a process that leads to change, which occurs as a result of experience, and increases the potential for improved performance and future learning" (Ambrose et al, 2010, p.3).

Thus, quantitatively, learnability is the natural/habitual ability of acquiring new or modifying existing knowledge, behaviours, skills, values, or preferences to apply in emergent situations.

Qualitatively, learnability may be seen as the speed of response, and the diversity of situations in which the response outcomes are satisfactory.

Pertinently, learnability is not something that can be taught; it is the foundational preparation and it can be strengthened.

Interestingly, 3-year olds are the most amazing learning machines; the best artificial intelligence may not be able to surpass the learnability of 3-year olds in the coming decades.

Broadly, the important dimensions on which the our ability to learn depends on are the following –

  • Language competence

  • Logical thinking abilities

  • Substrate knowledge

  • Opportunities for learning

  • Motivation to learn

There are various levels of ability to learn, and we have developed the following frame to anchor the levels of learning –

Needless to add, we must continuously strive to improve learnability!