There is an old story that I like which goes something like this:
"I met a man. We gave each other a dollar, and when we parted we each had one dollar. I met another man. We gave each other an idea, and when we parted we each had two ideas."
I like this story because it illustrates the power of sharing ideas and knowledge. Knowledge is not a zero-sum game. Giving your knowledge to someone else does not mean you have lost that knowledge, and in fact the exact opposite is true. When you share your knowledge and teach other people what you know, you actually strengthen your own understanding of the subject.
One of the goals of Lernabit is to create tools that help facilitate this exchange of knowledge and ideas. The main product on Lernabit right now is Lernabit Cards, which makes it easy to create notecards about the things you learn, then it creates a review schedule to help move knowledge into your long term memory. But this learning style doesn't work for everyone. We all have our own ways of learning new things, and repeated studying just isn't everyone's preferred learning technique. A lot of people prefer to learn in a more hands-on fashion. If that is how you like to learn, then today I would like to introduce you to the newest learning tool on Lernabit, called Lernabit How-To.
Lernabit How-To is a new tool on Lernabit that makes it easy to create and share How-To articles about any topic. When you write a how-to article for Lernabit How-To, you strengthen your own knowledge of what you are writing about, but then other people can also learn from you. Likewise, if you want to learn how to do something yourself you can easily look it up and find out how to do it.
One of the key design features of Lernabit How-To is that it enforces a certain amount of structure when creating a how-to article. Instead of allowing authors to just write in whatever format they like, Lernabit How-To forces articles to be written in a clear, step-by-step structure. This has benefits for the author and the reader.
For the author, forcing a step-by-step structure encourages a stronger understanding of what they are writing about. The best way to find weaknesses in your knowledge is to try and explain it to someone who has never done it. If you as an author are allowed to write in a free format, it is too easy to gloss over details that you might not understand very well. By enforcing a strict step-by-step structure, you quickly begin to realize which parts of the process you don't understand so well.
The step-by-step structure is also good for the reader. Because the article is forced into a consistent structure, the how-to articles on Lernabit How-To can also be read in a consistent format, making it easy to skim through the steps and read the details for the steps that aren't immediately clear to you. This allows you to learn faster by skipping over long blocks of text unless it is really necessary.
It is easy to get started with Lernabit How-To. Just head over to the new How-To section of the site and start browsing articles.Header photo by ThisisEngineering RAEng on Unsplash