While I recently posted about Why I am engaging in #rhizo15 and Learning Liminality I have still somehow avoided discussing my Learning Subjectives (as learning objectives are not readily possible when we do not know where we are going).
Perhaps this is because I so often avoid personal learning objectives.
I frequently retreat into researcher mode. Specifically as a qualitative researcher, where I always want to ask questions such as, “Why?, “Tell me what you mean by that?,” and “How did you…?” I often avoid making declarative comments, statements, or proclamations as, more often than not, I am wrong in some way. I hate being wrong, and find it easier to commit to the extent I can speak to, while avoiding presenting myself or my ideas narrowly that I somehow exclude other possibilities.
This all begs the question, what are my learning subjectives for #rhizo15?
Wow, I really do not know.
It is easy to say, “To build my network,” but that somehow seems to be a bit selfish, as if …
Leave it to Maha Bali to not only get me to read one of her blog posts, Learning as a Gift to Yourself & Others (I struggle reading anything longer than a Tweet these days), but to make me want to reply to her.
She took Dave Cormier’s introductory #rhizo15 post, Learning Subjectives – designing for when you don’t know where you’re going:
Build learning subjectives: How do we design our own or others learning when we don’t know where we are going? How does that free us up? What can we get done with subjectives that can’t be done with objectives?
and answered it.
Her learning subjectives …
Like I don’t already have enough things to do, what with my full-time work managing projects in health care and my 2, yes TWO courses I teach, that I decide to explore . . . just look at, mind you, this #rhizo15 . . . thing? . . . event? . . . lifestyle cult? . . . learning experience? . . . boundary-pushing challenge?
So, in the spirit of @DaveCormier, our fearless facilitator in this networked and connected learning experience, I wanted to contribute at least one blog post as a flag in the sand, so to speak, that I am following along.
OK, enough following.
I have been wanting to make a comment all day on Dave’s opening video (odd, I don’t think I have ever heard Dave actually speak before), one that I thought was …
I am looking forward to attending and engaging with the open #DMLcommons course, Professional Pathways. It is starting this week (or last week, to be precise), though I hope to engage with some (new) colleagues and further explore what this #AltAc (alternate academic) work looks like, or at least to better consider my options.
BTW, if nothing else, perhaps it will allow me to continue my work from #ccourses so I can finally update and begin to better use my blog here!
So, if this interests you:
DML Commons is a connected course that centers on convening community around topics in digital media and learning. The class modules, offered spring of 2015, focus on discussions around professional pathways for interdisciplinary work, and design-based research, targeted at graduate students, postdocs, and junior scholars.
then join me!
While I had mixed results with my 2014 Goals and Intentions, I want to focus on moving forward rather than looking back. After all, measuring my previous personal success won’t get me very far now that we are into the new year. Onward and upward!
Having thought about these for some time now, these are my Personal 2015 Goals:
1. Engage in Timely Communication
I want to maintain Inbox ZERO (delete, delegate, respond, defer, or do) for Email and Social Media (Twitter replies, Facebook replies, etc.). Remaining current enables a discipline that I have long struggled to maintain, with the side effect of more strongly connecting me with my networks.
2. Communicate the Connections between my Learning and Teaching
I am always learning something or another, yet I do not always share this with my networks at the time. I want to more intentionally do this through social media, my blog, and other channels.
3. Attain Financial Balance
A fool and his (her) money is soon parted, and I am tired of playing the fool.
Some progress is better than none at all!