4 August - 12 September 2014 (6 weeks)
In this fast moving age, it is no longer just about studying existing bodies of knowledge and acquiring existing skills in formal courses but adopting a new set of learning strategies to “learn the new” and constantly discover new ideas, new thinking, new resources in order to stay up to date in your industry or profession, as well as evidence what you have learned in order to promote yourself to (an existing or future) employer.. (You can read the rationale for these new skills at Modern Learning Skills for the Networked Age.)
Each week of this 6-week online workshop focuses on a different set of skills and tools (as shown in the diagram on the left and explained briefly below)
Week 1: Growing your professional learning network - A knowledge worker knows a lot of people, so in this 1st week we look at how to grow your network of colleagues and connections (on different social networks and community platforms) as well as review the value that they are bringing you.
Week 2: Building your professional resource base - A knowledge worker makes use of a lot of information resources, so in the 2nd week we look at where to discover and search for resources, as well as how to receive a constant drip feed of new ideas and resources from the Web of relevance to you.
Weeks 3-4: Knowledge mining (Extracting Learning), Curation & Storage - A knowledge worker applies a range of new skills to deal with the immense amount of information s/he encounters. In the 3rd and 4th weeks we look at how to filter out the “signal from the noise”, evaluate the resources you find, and “join the dots” between random pieces of information in order to extract the learning. We will also look at the range of tools you might use to organise and store what you find – either temporarily or long term, privately or publicly.
Week 5: Recording and evidencing learning, - A knowledge worker records what s/he has learned not only as a personal (reflective) activity but also as a way of evidencing his/her learning. In the 5th week we will also look at a range of tools to do this.
Week 6: Building your professional brand & Learning out loud - A knowledge worker builds a personal (or professional brand) in order to market and promote him/herself. S/he also shares what s/he learns with others in his/her different networks. In the final week we will look at how to as well as how to promote yourself to prospective employers as well as add value to what you share and how to avoid over-sharing.
(Note: there is an overlap of activities with the self-paced Social Learning Practitioner Programme: Walk the Social Talk)
How the workshop runs
Please note this is not a traditional course. It is hosted in our social platform, and each week a set of short activities will be released, together with tips and tools and links to external readings and resources. You are invited to work through these activities as best suits you and fits in with your working life, and share your thoughts and experiences with the group. Please note, there are no synchronous activities, webinars, etc – which means that it is available for any timezone – and nothing is compulsory. You will probably want to commit a couple of hours a week on this, but once again it is up to you how much time you devote to it. Your Workshop Guide will be Jane Hart who will also be available to answer any questions you might have. Remember, acquiring these new skills takes time and practice; so it’s about making small incremental changes to the way that you learn.
This workshop is suitable for
Anyone who wants to acquire or refine their own modern learning strategies, or for educators and workplace learning professionals who want to consider how to help others (students, employees) to do so too.
To book a place on this Workshop
The fee for this 6-week online workshop is £99. This includes a copy of the A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013.
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“Thank you for the experience! You provided a wealth of tools and allowed us to learn at our own pace based on where we are today and where we would like to go! I really appreciated and know that the tools I have discovered and adopted will continue to make a difference for me!”
— Denisa Papayova (@DPapayova) May 13, 2014