Managing Your Own Learning


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If you are not actively keeping up with your own learning and professional development, you are falling behind. Learn how to build a Personal Learning Network (PLN) to provide you with learning from leaders, experts and colleagues around the world.

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Managing Your Own Learning

  1. 1. Managing Your Own Learning Bob Bertsch & Sonja Fuchs Web Technology Specialists NDSU Ag Communication
  2. 2. Who’s Managing Your Learning• OPYHx0
  3. 3. Formal education is a walk through the zoo,informal learning is a walk through thesavannah.
  4. 4. Formal education is knowing a tomato is afruit, informal learning is not using it in fruitsalad.
  5. 5. Formal education is bricks and mortar,social learning is clouds and streams
  6. 6. Formal education is the playbook, sociallearning is the huddle
  7. 7. What is a learning network?a deliberately formed network of people and resources capable of guiding ourindependent learning goals and professional development needs.
  8. 8. Content Commentary Research Experience Conversation Experts Colleagues Friends Filter Filter Filter Filter Filter Creation Curation Sharing YOUAdapted from “Creating a Personal Learning Network,”
  9. 9. My learning network? Content Social CurationZite Twitter DiigoFlipboard Facebook PinterestGoogle Google + Scoop.itReaderGoogleAlerts
  10. 10. Google AlertsGoogle Alerts are emails sent to you when Google findsnew results -- such as web pages, newspaper articles, orblogs -- that match your search term. You can useGoogle Alerts to monitor anything on the Web.For example, people use Google Alerts to:• find out what is being said about their company or product.• monitor a developing news story.• keep up to date on a competitor or industry.• get the latest news on a celebrity or sports team.• find out whats being said about themselves.
  11. 11. Google Alerts•• Delivered by email (daily, weekly, or as found)• RSS available for Google accounts
  12. 12. Content • • • • • • YOUlaptop -, smartphone -, ipad -
  13. 13. What are RSS feeds? • • • • •
  14. 14. Blogs Feed-enabled sites Feed ReaderGoogle alerts Utilities Podcasts
  15. 15. News RSS feeds
  16. 16. Blog RSSBlogs typically offer feeds of their posts, and sometimes comments. The feedmay contain the full post, or just an excerpt.
  17. 17. Google Reader
  18. 18. Power/value of network• Exposure to incidental information – You don’t know what you need to know• Asking questions• Connectedness• Awareness of trends• What are others doing / talking about
  19. 19. • Exposure to incidental information – You don’t know what you need to know
  20. 20. • Asking questions
  21. 21. • Connectedness
  22. 22. • Awareness of trends
  23. 23. • What are others doing / talking about
  24. 24. How to find people• Start with who you already know• Connections: – Who follows you? – Who do they follow? – Who follows them? – Who do they retweet? – Look at lists
  25. 25. • Start with who you already know
  26. 26. • Find people to follow?
  27. 27. • Who do they follow?
  28. 28. • Who follows them?
  29. 29. • Who do they retweet and repin
  30. 30. Outside the network• Speakers at conferences• Authors• Business cards• Email signatures
  31. 31. Find by topic• Hashtags (e.g., #netlit, #mfln)• Search• Websites• Subject matter experts
  32. 32. Search for Topics on Twitter• Go to or• Type a topic in the search bar• Use the “Tweets” tab for people who have tweeted the term
  33. 33. Search for Topics on TwitterCheck for better search results by using a hashtag.• Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context to tweets.• You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.• Hashtags were developed as a means to create "groupings" on Twitter, without having to change the basic service.
  34. 34. Your activity matters• If you are active in online networks, and engage with others, interesting people will find you.• For example: – @JerryBuchko and Military Families Learning Network and Network Literacy
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