Building a Personal Learning Solution

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Learning never stops and no one person can know it all, do it all, or learn it all! Get help fast, when you need it, by calling on experts in your personal learning network. Take advantage of …

Learning never stops and no one person can know it all, do it all, or learn it all! Get help fast, when you need it, by calling on experts in your personal learning network. Take advantage of additional opportunities to learn from your peers with tools such as Facebook, Google Hangouts, blogs, and other online communities. In this session, North Carolina Master Trainers Lori Reed and Jessica O’Brien will get you started as you learn how to: Crowdsource answers to questions big and small; Prevent information burnout and overload; and create your own personal learning environment.
Presented at the North Carolina Library Association Biennial Conference October 18, 2013

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  • Ask audience what usually happens when they go to a training or to a session at a conference and then get back to their job
  • Ask audience what kind of informal learning they engage in
  • David A. Wiley is an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University
  • Read this slide to them then ask what all this means to them.
  • If you don’t know search for “what’s my learning style” there are self assessments
  • Don’t forget to look for non-library blogs too and other sites with RSS
  • From Entrepreneur September 13, 2013
  • From Wall-e
  • I hyperlinked the address in case you want to show them a “live” example


  • 1. Building a Personal Learning Solution Lori Reed NoveList, a division of EBSCO Jessica O’Brien Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • 2. Learning Objectives • How and why to crowdsource your learning • Define a personal learning network • How to create a personal learning network • Prevent information overload
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  • 4. “Only 10-20% of training transfers to the job.” Jay Cross
  • 5. “Informal learning accounts for over 75% of learning taking place in organizations today.” Marcia Conner
  • 6. From this: to this: Idea/image courtesy of Kevin James
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  • 8. The information people need to do their jobs is usually not found here.
  • 9. Idea/image courtesy of Kevin James
  • 10. “For the first time in history, we know now how to store virtually all humanity's most important information and make it available, almost instantly, in almost any form, to almost anyone on earth. We also know how to do that in great new ways so that people can interact with it, and learn from it.” ~Gordon Dryden and Jeannette Voss coauthors The Learning Revolution
  • 11. Personal Learning Environment PLE blog, journal, Excel, Word, any tool that works for you
  • 12. Personal Learning Network PLN friends, supervisor, coworkers, books, articles
  • 13. Putting it all together PLE comments on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn SHARING PLN
  • 14. Technology
  • 15. Personal Learning Network
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  • 17. Discovery
  • 18. Self-Paced Activity
  • 19. I looked at the whole process as a dare - if the rest of the staff could do this, so could I as a representative of the over-60 crowd!
  • 20. The most eye-opening part of Learning 2.0 for me has been the variety of ways that people can engage with each other socially online.
  • 21. Finding your way... 7 Steps to Create Your Personal Learning Solution
  • 22. Step1: What’s your learning style? MultiModal Source: Marianne Lenox
  • 23. Step 2: Sign up for a feed reader
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  • 25. Step 4: Sign up for feeds (news) Edublog: Best Librarian/Library 2012 Technorati Top 100 Instant RSS Search
  • 26. Step 5: Sign up for the basics
  • 27. Step 6: Share, comment, participate
  • 28. 7. Create your online presence. Create a
  • 29. Tips for Personal Learning ✴Just like veggies, try it more than once ✴Be part of the conversation ✴It’s ok to try, give up, try again ✴If you’re lost, ask for directions ✴Limited time? Set a timer for discovery.
  • 30. Info Overload
  • 31. Google Alerts
  • 32. What is your goal?
  • 33. Set a time limit
  • 34. “You can't take something off the Internet – it’s like taking pee out of a pool.”
  • 35. Lori Reed Jessica O’Brien