…the best learning is often self-taught

I read a good bit of the New York Times and Tampa Bay Times last Sunday. It was a luxurious and sensuous use of time as I shared the couch with a greyhound; placing read newsprint to my right and picking up the next unread section from the pile on my left, sipping coffee as I pondered. Sugarman—the greyhound, who can read human body movement and meal preparations in the kitchen—two rooms away—was content with an occasional, quick ear massage.

Two articles riveted my attention. Because they relate to learning online, I would like to reprise a few points here. Read more

Learning Journeys to Build Web Literacy

Comic strips quickly engage, inform, and inspire us to start learning journeys. They’re also funny!

Last June, I blogged about how the partnership between two comic strip artists—Pearls before Swine cartoonist Stephen Pastis and Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson—had role modeled collaborating effectively online. Critical success factors included their opening up to each other, trying new ways of working, and selecting the right communications tools.



Walt, Curtis' Dad

Walt, Curtis’ Dad

Last week, Curtis, an 11-year-old African-American boy featured in the comic strip Curtis by Ray Billingsley, assessed why his hair-pulling-out-in-frustration father could not connect to a network from his laptop. Curtis—the typical flippant adolescent—said that it was “Simple” and then rattled off six may-be reasons for his Dad’s inability to access the network. His Dad, a hard-working man with much to learn about computer technology, replied, “Thank you for simplifying that.”

We’ve all been there. Wanting help but dreading criticism Read more

Just-in-time, DIY Learning in Professional Membership Associations

To join or not to join, that is the question facing many entrepreneurs considering membership in a professional association.

This choice became a front-burner issue for me recently as I renewed membership in two professional groups.  My interest was further fanned by online research that we did recently at the Studio on women’s organizations.  We studied how the groups go beyond-the-hype of most E-learning initiatives and seat-time in webinars to support and encourage their members to learn from each other online.  These interactions might happen around member blog posts, tweet chats and discussions, action-research projects, and in other learning bubbles such as communities of practice.   The member-driven learning satisfies a current need or interest they explore in online and offline group settings.

Question:  Before I get ahead of myself, what top-of-mind benefits do professional membership associations offer to potential members?

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