I have taken up Sarah’s advice to consolidate, as the sheer volume of information that is out there (as demonstrated in the Did You Know 4.0) can be overwhelming and very tantalising, I certainly have the tendency to go down all sorts of interesting pathways, with the danger of ending up with nothing coherent or linked to my own goals. The classic self directed learning cul de sac!
So I have set smaller challenges
1) To be more strategic in my decisions of that aspects of the technology to use, rather than engage in wishful thinking. I need to be really clear about my who/what/why/when/where of using online technologies. Chromatics advice was useful here. I need to clarify my purpose, audience/participants/community. Nancy Whites advice on the communities/network distinction was also helpful. Much of my career has been within communities who identify with stronger ties, collaborative work and want to be part of a collective. Whereas network participants may be more comfortable with loose ties, with a commitment to the network but not necessarily individuals, this will inform my strategic planning. Like Chris, I was not entirely sure of her between spaces. But look forward to finding out more. Tantalisingly there were other short video’s by Nancy White but the download was too slow.
2) To develop the micro skills and keep them small and frequent to build up my skills. I realise that made a few promises on the last blog that have not been kept, so it is a matter of ‘be careful what you promise’. Thinking aloud in written form may not be the best. Accept the small successes, for example google reader turned out to be quite straightforward once I knew where to look and that it was possible. The opaque knowledge on the web is a fascinating thing, there is so much there, but unlocking its possibilities can be a challenge. Checking on blogs seems like a mixed blessing, I imagine to develop a relevant blog it would be a considerable time commitment. Sarah, I cant imagine how much time you must spend with your computer, or perhaps as you have shown us, you become more efficient with its use.
Unfortunately I wont be able to make it to Friday’s session, but I do hope that a recording will be available. Wishing you all another interesting and informative session on Friday.