Professional development: There's an app for that


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presentation given at IdeaPOP! 2012, hosted by the University of South Carolina Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support.

Using social media and a few free online tools, you can expand your professional development well beyond the annual conference. Technology can support sustained learning in community – and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In this session, you’ll discover some of the professional benefits of online learning and social networking, and you’ll learn practical ways to use services like Twitter, blog readers and bookmarking apps to collect, share and manage information.

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  • - Overwhelming?- You’re in charge. You’re going to create a collection of resources for learning – a personal learning network.
  • - convenient: any time, anywhere- immediate: 2011 DC/central Va. earthquake tweets reached us before tremors did- democratic: anyone – anyone in organization, anyone around the world – can participate; no status needed- expansive: absolutely everywhere- personalized: your specific combination of interests- communal: learning happens best in community – this expands your community
  • Choose your sources updates delivered to you skim headlines & read what you want
  • Interested but don’t have time? Email or use bookmarklet to save item to read/watch later
  • When you want to save something long-term, in a way you can actually find it again. This is your personal filing system, and it’s available in the cloud. Use tags – multiple ones – to help you find the info later. Your library is viewable by tag and searchable by keyword AND you can search public tags or view the tags of sources you trust Check out the Diigo in Education group
  • This is the truly transformational one, because it connects your PLN with everyone else’s PLN. Sign up, listen, follow some people, follow some people they follow…take some time to explore.
  • Use hashtags to follow topics you’re passionate about, including those that correspond with our professional competencies Ex: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - #msachat If you know something/come across a resource that you think might be helpful to someone else, share it with the appropriate hashtag. Give back at least as much as you take from Twitter. It’s the SHARING that makes it work.
  • Scheduled weekly chats using designated hashtag for current events, timely discussion Ex: #AcAdv @AcAdvChat, Tuesdays 1 – 2 p.m. Backchannels concurrent with conferences and events Ex: #ACPA12 Remember to listen first – get to know community, rules, tone – then join in. And follow/talk to the people who are active in chats – they become your network
  • Professional development: There's an app for that

    1. 1. professional development:THERE’S AN APPFOR THAT Sunday Paper by Brendan Lynch, available under a Creative Commons attribution license 2.0 at
    2. 2. “In times of change, learnersinherit the earth, while thelearned find themselvesbeautifully equipped to deal witha world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer
    3. 3. THIS is the internet24 January 1999 by Bill Cheswick, Internet Mapping Project,at
    4. 4. THIS is your personal learning network Swiss Army by Jim Fanucci, available under a Creative Commons attribution license 2.0 at
    5. 5. FAB FOUR Google Reader Pocket Diigo Twitter
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    8. 8. DIIGOdiigo.comsearch IdeaPOP12
    9. 9. WHEREdo you get your news & info?
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    11. 11. more forTWITTERhigher ed hashtags
    12. 12. even moreTWITTERhigher ed chats& backchannels
    13. 13. “The 21st century mind is a collective mind wherewe access what we know in our friends’ andcolleagues’ brains. Together we can be smarterand can address ever more challenging problems.What we store in our heads may not be asimportant as all that we can tap in our networks.Together we are better.” Bingham, T. and Conner, M. The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media, 11.
    14. 14. TOGETHERLet’s talk about hashtags we follow,chats we like and other tools we use.
    15. 15. THANKS!
    16. 16. BIBLIOGRAPHYBingham, T. and Conner, M. (2010) The New Social Learning: A Guide toTransforming Organizations Through Social Media. Bloomington, IN: SolutionTree Press.Richardson, W. and Mancabelli, R. (2011) Personal Learning Networks: Using thePower of Connections to Transform Education. San Francisco: Berrett-KoehlerPublishers.