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Tapping the power of Networked Learning for professional development
Abram AndersLabovitz School of Business and EconomicsUniversity of Minnesota Duluthhttp://firstname.lastname@example.orgJoe MosesDepartment of Writing StudiesUniversity of Minnesotamoses004@umn.edu
Emerging TrendsCorporate leaders like IBM, GE, andNationwide are moving to patterns ofnetworked sharing and informal learningto promote effectiveness, innovation, andjust-in-time problem solving.
Emerging TrendsBlogs, social media, and networks ofpractice are becoming integral to thework of successful professionals andorganizational best practices.Ardichvili, Alexandre. “Learning and Knowledge Sharing in VirtualCommunities of Practice: Motivators, Barriers, and Enablers.” Advancesin Developing Human Resources 10, no. 4 (June 5, 2008): 541–554.
Nonprofit PerspectiveNonprofits already lead in social media,using the social web for marketing, eventpromotion, and to build relationships withstakeholders.Barnes, Nora Ganim. “Social Media Usage Now Ubiquitous Among USTop Charities, Ahead of All Other Sectors” UMass Dartmouth. Universityof Massachusetts. Web. March 27, 2013.
Nonprofit PerspectiveStudies cite strong connections betweenlearning and mission performance;organizations that capture and sharelearning with staff and volunteers realizefaster skill development and moreeffective direct service.McHargue, Susan K.. “Learning for Performance in NonprofitOrganizations,” Advances in Developing Human Resources Vol. 5, No. 2May 2003 196-204.
Networked LearningNetworked learning argues that thecreation of connections between people,information, and tools is a rich context ofboth situated and informal learningprocesses in support of these capacities.
Networked Learning● Builds on applications and services that are readily available on the web and that many professionals already use● Extends the value of social and professional networking● Develops essential skills of digital literacy
Networked LearningNetworked learning addresses emergentchallenges by leveraging social interactionand modes of collective intelligence tomake the work we already do moreproductive and available for organizationalinnovation.
Presentation Itinerary1. Introduction to Networked Learning and MOOCs Research2. Leveraging Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Professional Success3. Using MOOCs and Online Learning Skills to Kickstart your Development
Interaction and DiscussionWe invite your active participation: try outtools/services, contribute resources, join thebackchannel discussion with questions,comments, and ideas. We will pose somequestions of our own to draw on our sharedexperiences and expertise.Twitter: #mnnptechGoogle Doc: http://z.umn.edu/mnnptech
1Introduction to NetworkedLearning and MOOCsResearch
THE CCMOOC PROJECTWe explored MOOCs as co-learners andco-researchers in a “local chapter” or“study group” for the fall 2012“Current/Future State of HigherEducation” MOOC. #CFHE12
THE CCMOOC PROJECTThrough the “Cultivating ChangeCommunity” blog site, we engagedparticipants with a diversity of academicbackgrounds, institutional roles,technological skills, and engagementlevels (see http://z.umn.edu/ccmooc/).
Updated for the network ageWho you know ... the people andinformation flows to which you areconnected and can understand ... isincreasingly becoming the horizon ofwhat you can know.
Knowledge WorkersTodays professionals require verticalexpertise for their position, but alsohorizontal expertise that characterizedby “learning across boundaries, includingorganizations, activities, disciplines,fields, trades, and settings."Spinuzzi, Clay. “Guest Editor’s Introduction : Technical Communication inthe Age of Distributed Work.” Technical Communication Quarterly 16, no.3 (2007): 265–277.
Personal Learning NetworksPersonal learning networks are asunique and diverse as individuallearners. The concept suggests acombination of essential tools (technicalnetworks) and networking strategies andresources (social networks).
Personal Learning NetworksThere are a range of philosophies ofrelevant to the practice of networkedlearning: collective intelligence, connectivism, crowdsourcing, situated learning, participatory culture, open education, open source, social pedagogies, etc.
Personal Learning NetworksRegardless of our inspiration, the primarychallenge is sustaining and integratingPLN activities into our already busyprofessional lives.
The Power of Connectivity"Chance favors the connected mind." - Steven Johnson, Where good ideas come from
Discussion #1What is recent or memorable example inyour life of ... ● a fortuitous connection ● inspiration from an unexpected source ● an encounter with curiosity, synchronicity, or informal learning
Share your AnswerTwitter: #mnnptech #networkedlearningGoogle Doc: http://z.umn.edu/mnnptech
Value Connectivity!Make space for chance, creativity,curiosity, and playGrow capacities and resources forconnectivity
The Power of Aggregation... or Getting Things Done with PLNs
A PLN is not an electronic rolodex ...http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rolodex.agr.jpg
PLNs Harness Flows● Information Flows to You● Filtered, Curated, Aggregated● Read Daily, Weekly, or ArchivedCreates a personalized briefing (like apresidential briefing) curated by trustedpeople from relevant sources addressingsignificant topics and news
Tools● Social Media: Twitter, LinkedIN, Google+, Quora, etc.● RSS Reader: Feedly, Flipboard, Google Reader alternatives● Feeds to Email: Blogtrottr● Interest Sites: PInterest, Paper.li, etc.● Evernote, Wordpress, Blogger
Tips● Use email subscription scheduling preferences● Subscribe and read information in different places, using different apps to prioritize and integrate to your lifestyle (ex: email for important, ipad for casual)
Discussion #2What are your trusted sources ofinformation? What information sourcesand people do you "follow" to stayconnected? Where do you go to learnnew things? Twitter, Blogs, Websites, Organizations, etc.
Discussion #3What tools and strategies do you use tomanage your information flows and keepup social contacts?How do you make space for learning,creativity, and innovation?
Share your AnswersTwitter: #mnnptech #networkedlearningGoogle Doc: http://z.umn.edu/mnnptech
Getting Started with PLNS● Connect: Social Media● Collect: RSS Feeds, Social Bookmarking, Notes● Create: Blogging and Sharing
Getting Things Done with PLNs● Sustainable Engagement (Time Management)● Iterate, Integrate, Curate● Networking and Branding
Advanced: PLNMappingChoose a perspective and/or approachand create a concept map1) Map your Personal LearningEnvironment (PLE) – TechnicalContexts: Tools, Apps/Services,Workflows; Uses and Taxonomies
Advanced: PLNMappingChoose a perspective and/or approachand create a concept map2) Map your Social Learning Network– Social Contexts: People, Teams,Societies, Organizations; InformationSources, Events
Advanced: PLNMappingChoose a perspective and/or approachand create a concept map3) Map your strategy:Planning/Visioning – DevelopmentContexts: Knowledge, Skills, Areas ofInterest; Vertical/Horizontal Expertise,Needs Assessment/SWOT
Stephen Downs: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2012/11/when-is-mooc-not-mooc-what-mooc-means.html
Connectivist MOOCs#etmooc – educational technology and mediaDesigned to facilitate & nurture conversationsaround the thoughtful integration of educationaltechnology & media in teaching and learning.Differentiating Instruction through TechnologyAssists pre-service teachers, in-service teachersor others in use of technology for meetingindividual needs of all learners.
MOOC topicsVisual StorytellingPrinciples of MarketingWeb DevelopmentThe Challenges of Global Poverty
Inspiring Leadership through EmotionalIntelligence Case Western on Coursera – May 1 (6weeks)A Crash Course on Creativity Stanford on VentureLab – April (TBD weeks)Services Marketing – The Next LevelOpenLearning – April 1 (3 weeks)Social and Economic Networks: Models andAnalysis Stanford on Coursera – April 8 (8 weeks)
Community Change in Public Health JohnsHopkins on Coursera - April 22 (6 weeks)Services Marketing – The Next LevelApril 22 (3 weeks)Internet History, Technology, and SecurityU Michigan on Coursera – March 1 (13 weeks)Leading Strategic Innovation in OrganizationsVanderbilt on Coursera – March 5 (8 weeks)
Be Present● Active listening (seeking clarification, reflecting back)● Responding to questions● Initiating discussions● Not distracted, not multitasking
Pursue FocusEverything is interesting.Focus on a learning interest.Focus on favorite sources.Test new ones.
GatherLet information come to you.● Netvibes● Feedly● Favorite bloggers
ReflectTakes time and purpose. If purpose is totransform information into knowledge, ask ○ Why does the information matter to me? ○ How does it help me solve a problem? ○ How does it improve a skill? ○ If it has organizational as well as personal value, how can it be shared in useful ways with others?
CreatingMake something out of what you’ve learned;teach others what youve learned Blog posts Google + Community Mindmap Text 2 Mind Map Article for Web or intranet
ShareMake what you’ve created available to othersOnline learning takes off among people who share interests. What can youshare that would start a conversation about--or add value to--● Staff directories● Org charts● Events and calendars● Announcements● How-to [you name it]● Manuals, procedures, training materials● Human resources information● Direct-service strategies● Publications● Program replication
Thank You!Questions?Abram AndersLabovitz School of Business and EconomicsUniversity of Minnesota Duluthhttp://email@example.comJoe MosesDepartment of Writing StudiesUniversity of Minnesotamoses004@umn.edu