Learning From Others

March 20, 2014

So here we are, four years after I created this blog. I guess it’s time to start using it.  Tonight’s #lrnchat was about learning from others. (For those of you who don’t know what #lrnchat is,  it’s a group of learning professionals who get together every Thursday evening from 8:30-9:30 PM, EST, to discuss all things learning. check it out at http://lrnchat.com/) I’m here at the Walt Disney World Hilton where I’ve been hunkered down in the hotel room battling a sinus infection. It’s never fun to be sick, but it’s even worse when you’re missing a conference to do so. I’m so grateful that the eLearning Guild members maintain an active backchannel at conferences so I can follow along vicariously.

So how do you learn from others? I find I learn tons from my communities of practice – the people who do what I do – through the sharing of ideas and resources. I follow Twitter and use it as my PLN (Personal Learning Network) for finding new ideas. As lrnchat went along, I realized that most of my learning today comes virtually: from social media interactions and MOOCs. Sure, I love going to conferences and retreats, but I’m learning more now from others who are remote from me; some who I’ll never meet at all, like those who are teaching via MOOCs. That’s an interesting paradigm shift and one that made me pause and reflect on the changing nature of learning.

Sure, I work at an online college. Yes, I graduated from Capella University, getting my masters degree and PhD 100% online. We’re still learning from others in those settings. The delivery method is just different. Much of it is from interacting with others around the ideas that are presented, rather than just receiving information through self study.  I suppose the key here, is the reflection on the concepts, and acknowledging the learning. We don’t do that often, and maybe we should.

I love learning new things, but hate when that learning involves pain. In yesterday’s keynote, Soren Kaplan spoke about surprises, and learning to fall in love with the problems, rather than the solutions. Perhaps I need to step back and look a problem in the eye and wonder what I can learn from it.

So….there’s what I learned today. What did you learn today?

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Learning About Learning

October 17, 2010

It’s time to create a blog. I’m planning on using this to share thoughts about learning. Things I’ve learned along the way that might help someone else along the way. I hope you find it useful, and look forward to your thoughts and comments.