Category Archives: PKM

Storify – My Test Drive

While I grabbed a Storify account some time back, I hadn’t really done much more than explore it at a fairly basic level. However, I finally took the plunge and decided to take a new approach to summarizing one of my favourite PLN discussions, #chat2lrn.

In concept, the Storify concept is simple: search for whatever you want, and turn it into a “story” of related events, news items, media clips, whatever.   Add in your own commentary, reassemble at will, and you can create your very own amalgamated/aggregated digital artifact.

This was a good learning experience for me because I wanted to find a way to catch up on the tweets and draw some of my own conclusions, particularly because I wasn’t able to stay for the whole chat. Read the rest of this entry


Pinterest: It took a while, but I get it. Finally.

Pinterest LogoIn many respects (for those who subscribe to such things), I am a typical Taurus, and stubborn as hell. I admit that there are times when I will resist trying new things until I know I can see the benefits for me. Once I “get it”, however, I’m unstoppable.

That paragraph accurately sums up my experience with Twitter. While initially skeptical, I have now – as most of you know – embraced the tool enthusiastically because I see the value from a personal and professional point of view. A secondary benefit is, of course, the entertainment value.

And then came Pinterest…

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I was introduced to a new acronym recently – as though we didn’t have enough of them to contend with. In an exchange with Mark Britz, he made reference to a PLN and a PPN. Of course I knew what a Personal Learning Network is, but Mark kindly explained that a PPN was a Personal Performance Network.

What a fascinating idea.

Most of us have some kind of ‘go-to’ cadre of people to turn to when we need answers, but we should take a closer look at the context in which we make those requests because I believe it important to make the distinction between those who facilitate new knowledge and those who help improve our performance in the workplace.

There is, of course, a lot of discussion about the links between learning and performance so I won’t get into the details here, but as we refine our ‘network learning’, this PLN/PPN semantic becomes crucial. I see those “at the moment of need” queries and quests directly related to performance. That is, we likely have a problem that needs solving, or we may be trying to refine or validate the solution to a particular challenge. In those instances we likely want to tap into a fairly vertical channel of contacts: peers, colleagues, specific SMEs, etc.  These are the folks who can help us with workplace issues relatively quickly, and thus ensure we keep “performing”.

As time goes by, I now see a my PLN in a different light. I see it as a less structured, serendipitous, free-flowing kind of network. Granted, there may be some folks who exist in both lists, but where the PLN feeds me morsels of learning on a fairly regular basis, I still have to do some filtering, sorting, and categorizing before I can make use of them.  The PPN is far more focused and works kind of like a stimulus/response mechanism. You can put out a general (or directed) call for assistance or information, then sort through the responses.*

This subtle shift in the way in which we interact with and manage our network should become the catalyst for the other ways in which we seek and process knowledge from our go-to people and thought-leaders.  It might also improve our abilities to tap into the right people at the right time, for the right purpose; whether we are trying to tap into the collective expertise of those on the leading edges of the field, or if we’re just trying to solve a workplace problem quickly. Drawing the lines between PLN and PPN could make all the difference in the world.

CSTD Day 1 Workshop – Harold Jarche

(Harold Jarche is Chairman of the Internet Time Alliance)

The focus of Harold’s session is on Social Learning and what this concept means to the world of Learning & Development. I’ve already had the opportunity to attend one of his PKM workshops, and I’m already a bit of a practitioner, but he’s always worth seeing. Having said that, Harold’s approach is somewhat eclectic and draws from a variety of disciplines and sources. If you don’t pay attention to what’s going on it might be easy to lose the thread of the discussion. That’s not a criticism, per se, just an observation.
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Ok I bit the bullet

After attending a workshop by Harold Jarche, I decided to finally move my blog to WordPress. I may also do the domain thing too. I will have to post a new pointer for my twerps. Just have to tweak the theme the way I want it and then all will be good.

>Networking by a non-Networker

>I know people who would happy become wall-flowers at a face-to-face Meet & Greet.  Sometimes, I’m one of them.  Sometimes it’s like that old phrase, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

But it’s interesting to see how the dynamic changes when we add a technology layer like a blog or some kind of Social Networking tool (like Facebook or Twitter) to the mix.  All of a sudden we have myriad tendrils of communication;  some more tenuous, some more essential, some humourous, and some time-limited.  I know I’m not saying anything new here about the power of Social Media, but I think it’s an observation worth repeating. 

After listening to Harold Jarche in today’s PLENK session,
I think that I can start taking the steps on the road to personal learning management or personal knowlege management by building out my own “Personal Learning Network”.  He said, and he’s quite right, that it comes down to the people out there.  There are some wise people like Jane Bozarth and Marcia Connor who speak volumes about the power of SoMe, but sometimes you really just need to experience it all for it to really make sense.

Today is a case in point.  Harold spoke about making use of the tools and resources, so today as I was monitoring TweetDeck, I took a more serious look at some of the connections I had and could eventually make, either through hashtags, blogs, Massive Open Courses or other networks.

I’m still left with questions about how to manage all these connections and how to manage the connections and all the information/knowledge associated with them, but maybe that’s part of the journey unto itself.  The meaning I make for me is exactly that:  mine, and probably wouldn’t work for anyone else.  But then again, there has to be some shred of common strategy and approach that could be replicated for someone else.

Never a bad thing to have more questions than answers.  It’s always a source of inspiration.