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Personal Learning is in Your Future!

Doris and I have been musing about learning and reflection in this series of blog posts. I began with Reflection and Journaling: Seek, Sense, Share and Doris followed with Adopting the Habit of Reflecting and Journaling in Your PKM. We both explored how reflection is necessary for understanding and assessing one’s learning, and how developing reflective habits, such as journaling or blogging, increase learning.

We have also written about the new world of work in several of our blogs, highlighting the rise of the contingent workforce, project-based work, and the future of work. All of our blogs point out today’s new reality:

  • It is up to you to develop your skills and know how
  • Keeping up with the digital world is a must
  • Working collaboratively online is the new norm
  • Contracting is the new employment, often project-based and short term

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Adopting the habit of reflecting and journaling in your PKM

Lisa’s blog post last week titled “Reflection and Journaling: Seek, Sense, Share,” reminded me how hard it can be to stop bad habits and form healthy new habits. She observed that the stumbling block for many of us in the Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) process occurs when:

…we get stuck on the seeking information part of the PKM process, and don’t make sense of our resource collection or share out what we learn and the resource gems we find. How do we take the time and create the ritual of reflection, which is key to understanding what we learn as well as what we need to learn?

I, too, find it hard to stop gathering information and begin analyzing and synthesizing the meaning of “resource gems.” Read more

Jane Hart’s Top 100 Tool List

For the last 8 years, Jane Hart has conducted a poll to determine the top 100 tools e-learning professionals deem as most useful for them. We reported on the list last year, with both Doris and I generating our lists of tools we use to seek information, make sense of it, and share it out with others like you!

The poll closes on September 18, so you can still contribute. Hart will be announcing the 2015 list on September 22. The results from the 2014 list was a compilation of 1038 people from 61 countries. It will be interesting to see what the make-up is for this year.

I took the poll, and then compared what I chose this year and last year as my top 10 tools. I found that this comparison allowed me to reflect on my learning, see if I had expanded my personal learning network (PLP) and who I now include in my “tribe”, and identify any changes Doris and I have made in working together or in helping others learn, collaborate, cooperate, and work online. Read more

…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

How can you avoid the viral vortex of social media?

Have you Googled, Binged, or used another search engine to find out about yourself? It can be an amazing experience! Most people forget that virtually everything you post online is there permanently. You may think you are deleting things, but your digital life does not go away. You might find your search uncovers posts you thought were trashed or private.

Today, anyone’s posts can become viral in a nanosecond, especially on twitter or snapchat. Yes, twitter goes by so fast, and snapchat disappears quickly, but tweets get retweeted increasing their lifespan, and there are now apps that capture snapchats and store them forever.

Most of us have posted a message on email or social media that we regretted after hitting send. They may have been insensitive, derisive, angry, or if taken out of context, offensive. It is hard to tell tone and demeanor in the digital world, so even what you consider a harmless post can be misinterpreted. I certainly have experienced this, both as the sender and the receiver.

You can take preventive measures to ward off these consequences (see my blog on email communication, for example), but doing so takes focus, presence, and persistence. Is it worth the effort?
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Encore Tampa Bay and WLS Launch ECO–Encore Connect Online

Those of us at midlife and beyond are far from the scrap heap.   We are poised to invent an entirely new stage of life—the encore years—between the end of midlife and anything resembling old-fashioned retirement. … and in the process to revamp the nature of all preceding life stages, opening options for younger people who can make life decisions with the expectation of more than one bite of the apple.

Marc Freedman, Founder & CEO of Encore.org

Marc Freedman, Founder & CEO of Encore.org

– Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO, Encore.org, in the Forward to the Encore Career Handbook by Marci Alboher

 The national Encore organization “is spearheading efforts to engage millions of people in later life as a vital source of talent to benefit society. … with the ultimate goal of  creating a better future for young people and future generations.” Encore.org now has over 35 member organizations in its network, including Encore Tampa Bay. Read more

The Tale of Accidental Techies

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Rusty Fence–stevepb at Pixabay

Find something that will touch us, move us, improve us or change us. Then ship.

So said Seth Godin this morning in his blog read by millions of subscribers like me. He recognized that most of us don’t invent anything from scratch (his example: Instagram came many decades after daguerreotypes), “Mostly, we find new ways to do old things, better,…”  

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