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Professional Development 2.0: Using reflective practice, action research, social media, and ePortfolios to stay fresh, think outside the box, and raise your professional profile

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Workshop given at the LAI/CILIP Joint Conference in 2012.

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Professional Development 2.0: Using reflective practice, action research, social media, and ePortfolios to stay fresh, think outside the box, and raise your professional profile

  1. 1. Professional Development 2.0 Presented at the Annual Joint Conference of the LAI and cilip Ireland 13 April 2011 Maria Souden, MSI, PhD University College Dublin School of Information and Library Studies 
  2. 2. akaUsing reflective practice, action research, social media, and ePortfolios to stay fresh, think outside the box, and raise your professional profile 
  3. 3. About Me • Postdoctoral Fellow at UCD SILS • Teach “Professional Issues in library and Information Careers” and “Management for Information Professionals” • MSI and PhD from University of Michigan School of Information • Dissertation “Narrowing the Gap: Chronic Illness as Experienced in Everyday Life and Healthcare Contexts” • Second research stream: librarianship practice andEmail: maria.souden@ucd.ie community-engaged librarianship (with Dr. Joan C. Durrance)
  4. 4. Professional Development 2.0 This workshop is not about how to look for or find a job But it can help you think about how to develop and showcase your professional competencies so that you are well-positioned for your next career opportunity  Stay fresh and engaged  Think “outside the box”  Raise your professional profile
  5. 5. Before we get started… Take a minute and write down one thing that you’d like to address in your professional practice or professional development right now. Could be…  Thorny challenge in your organization, with your services, or regarding users  Your next personal or professional growth area  Adding a new service or product in your organization  Your next career move
  6. 6. My Objective for TodayYou leave with one new idea, tool, ormethod that you feel like you can useto begin addressing that issue, or even thinking about the problem and the solution a little bit differently.
  7. 7. Agenda Today Context Introduction to reflective practice Action research ePortfolios Social Networking
  8. 8. Libraries are changing“We live in a time of change. The information technology has changed our profession and our lives. Library managers today face problems that need to be solved and library staff feel insecure about themselves and the future” - Linda Erlendsdóttir, at the 11th UK Nordic Conference“Like in a river, the only constant in libraries is change. And we need to learn how to cope with change, rather than fighting it. We need to figure out what the flow is and put ourselves into it.” - Roy Tennant, Keynote at the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries October Conference
  9. 9. Librarians need to… Be able to manage people, projects, and resources Keep on top of technology Think ahead and be proactive Deliver more services and experiences for their users Work outside of their job descriptions
  10. 10. TransferableSkills Source: Sinead English
  11. 11. The New Professional DevelopmentSee: Bedell, J. T. (2010).Professional development 2.0: Take control of your own learning.
  12. 12. Experiential Learning Most effective learning:  Begins with the problematic  Grounded in experience Need = engagement Learning requires reflection Reflection requires actionSee: Reese AC Implications of results from cognitive science research MedEduc Online [serial online] 1998;3,1.
  13. 13. Reflective Practice in Professional Development 
  14. 14. What is Reflective Practice? “A dialogue of thinking and doing through which I become more skillful.” (Donald Schön) Thought + Action Theory + PracticeSchön, D. A. (1987). Educating the reflective practitioner : toward a new design forteaching and learning in the professions (1st ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  15. 15. Why Reflective Practice? Recognizing sucessful practices and problematic situations Facilitates change; creates opportunities for growth “Knowing-in-practice”  consciousness (Schön) Schön, D. A. (1983). The reflective practitioner : how professionals think in action. New York: Basic Books.
  16. 16. Habits of Reflective Practice Taking time out/stepping back Asking questions Looking for solutions Self-evaluation Journaling Teaching Networking Engaging in communities of practice
  17. 17. Action Research as aTool for Professional Development 
  18. 18. Habits of Reflective Practice Taking time out/stepping back Asking questions Looking for solutions Self-evaluation Journaling Teaching Networking Engaging in communities of practice
  19. 19. Formulating Questions “Great discoveries are made when someone asks a new question rather than provides a new answer” Cultivate- make identifying and asking questions habit Capture- record questions immediately Refine- what do you really want to know? Reframe- sometimes it’s a different question! Prioritize- importance, immediacyEldredge, J. (2006). Evidence-based librarianship: the EBL process. [Literature Review].Library Hi-Tech, 24(3), 341-354.
  20. 20. Action Research“…a form of self-reflective enquiry undertaken by participants in social situations in order to improve the rationality and justice of their own practices, their understanding of these practices, and the situations in which the practices are carried out.” (Carr and Kemmis 1986: 162) Carr, W., & Kemmis, S. (1986). Becoming critical : education, knowledge, and action research. London ; Philadelphia, PA: Falmer Press.
  21. 21. Characteristics of Action Research Focuses on the problematic Systematic inquiry (vs. everyday problem-solving) Can be participatory in nature (collaborative with those being “studied”)
  22. 22. Action Research ModelSource: OBrien, R. (2001) retrieved from: http://www.web.net/~robrien/papers/arfinal.html
  23. 23. Habits of Reflective Practice Taking time out/stepping back Asking questions Looking for solutions Self-evaluation Journaling Teaching Networking Engaging in communities of practice
  24. 24. Portfolios in Professional Practice 
  25. 25. Elements of PracticeForde, C., McMahon, M. & Reeves, J. (2009). Putting Together Professional Portfolios.London: Sage
  26. 26. What is a Professional Portfolio? “Collection of material put together in a meaningful way to demonstrate the practice and learning of a practitioner” For reflection and learning For yourself and others Ibid (p.13)
  27. 27. Elements of Portfolio Planning- where are you going? Description- what can you do, what do you know? Evidence- tangible demonstrations Reflection- on your practice and development Forde et al., (2009) Ibid
  28. 28. Why have a portfolio?Some Portfolio OutcomesCreated a sense of achievementBuilt self-confidenceStrengthened my understanding of my development asa practitionerCreated sense of my own journey as a professional From: Forde et al., 2009, ibid
  29. 29. Portfolio Structure: Three Views of Practice1. Three elements  Know why  Know what  Know how2. Novice to expert continuum  Novice  Advanced Beginner  Competent  Proficient  Expert3. Professional standards  Categories of knowledge, skills, outcomes, proficiencies Source: Forde et al., 2009, ibid
  30. 30. Portfolio is a space for… understanding professional learning and recording it using frameworks for professional learning to reflect critically on practice developing a professional biography and career timeline critical reflection and writing
  31. 31. What is an ePortfolio? Professional portfolio, in an online medium Specialized ePortfolio tools (e.g., Pebble Pad, Mahara) Blog (e.g., Wordpress, Blogger, GoogleSites) Key advantage: it’s public!
  32. 32. Habits of Reflective Practice Taking time out/stepping back Asking questions Looking for solutions Self-evaluation Journaling Teaching Networking Engaging in communities of practice
  33. 33. Social Networking Creating Your Personal Learning Network (PLN) 
  34. 34. Professional Development 2.0Term used in education field wrt teacher learning and PD.“Ground-up” learningDeepening PD 1.0 engagementCollaboration and communities of practice
  35. 35. Building a Personal Learning Network1. Social networking2. Social bookmarking3. Reflection4. ConferencesSource: Jason Bedell, Professional Development 2.0: Take Control of Your Own Learning
  36. 36. Social Media Supporting PD 2.0 Social networking: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, online communities- places to make connections Social bookmarking: Diigo, delicious- places to share resources Reflection (blogging): Blogger, WordPress
  37. 37. http://www.go2web20.net/
  38. 38. Social Learning in Action Now, back to the item you wrote down at the beginning of the session Turn to your neighbor and share one thing you learned today that you are going to use to approach this problem, issue, next step…
  39. 39. Additional ePortfolio Resources (added June 2011) 
  40. 40. ePortfolio Books Forde, C., McMahon, M. & Reeves, J. (2009). Putting Together Professional Portfolios. London: Sage Watson, M. (2010). Building your portfolio : the CILIP guide (2nd ed.). London: Facet. Grant, Simon (2009). Electronic portfolios: personal information, personal development and personal values. London: Chandos Publishing. Buzzetto-More, N. (2010). The E-Portfolio Paradigm: Informing, Educating, Assessing, and Managing With E-Portfolios. Santa Rosa (CA): Informing Science Press.
  41. 41. Dr. Helen Barrette Portfolio “Guru” Educational researcher in ePortfolio area; notable for using common tools for ePortfolio development, lots of resources posted online Using ePortfolio as “workspace” and “showcase”
  42. 42. ePortfolio Web Resources Web Resources for ePortfolios Dr. Helen Barretts comprehensive list of resources regarding the use of ePortfolios in Education. ePortfolio Definitions and Examples from PebblePad: http://www.pebblelearning.co.uk/definitions.asp http://www.pebblelearning.co.uk/examples.asp From Helen Barrett: http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioswp/examples
  43. 43. ePortfolio Examples Examples of LIS Portfolios http://lis596jmwolf.blogspot.com/2010/07/reflection-of-lis-580-managme http://www.aerydynamics.com/sean/portfolio/index.php http://www.hung-truong.com/ http://www.citronadedesign.com/index.php http://emilymahood.com/ Examples of Standards-Based Portfolios https://efolio.educ.ubc.ca/lright/ http://oswook.wordpress.com/
  44. 44. © Maria Souden, 2011 maria.souden@ucd.ie 

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