May 2011 Review

It’s 1 June,  and time to think about summer and summer holidays – in the northern hemisphere at least!  But first a review of May 2011.  May turned out to be a very busy month for me, in ways that I hadn’t anticipated.

First of all, although I had been a regular, if not a daily blogger, I found that I was spending more and more time sharing resources and links in Twitter that I didn’t have time to do my daily posts. So I decided to try an experiment and that was to use the Twitter Tools plugin in WordPress to create a daily digest of my tweets.  I didn’t know whether this would prove useful or popular, but as it happens my blog stats seem to suggest that  they have been some of the most popular postings I  have made, so I shall continue to do this. I will however, add some postings of my own, from time to time when I find something interesting to talk about in more detail!

In some ways, this makes my usual monthly review of resources a little unnecessary, but I just wanted to share with you the links to my 5 must-read resources this month.

  1. Mapping informal and formal learning strategies to real work, Tom Gram, Performance X Design, 4 May 2011
  2. Roles in communities of practice, Joitske Hulsebosc, Lasagna and chips, 9 May 2011
  3. The case for online social networking in education, Jose Picardo, 14 May 2011
  4. Without workflow, social business is doomed, Agency Collaboration, 26 May 2011
  5. The Client knows best, CLO Magazine, 26 May 2011

And if you want to see my May reading list in its entirety in one place, you can find it HERE.

Another reason that I haven’t been blogging is that following the publication of my Social Learning Handbook, I have continued to work on my State of learning in the workplace today article with further thoughts about working and learning in the social workplace – much of which I will be referring to in conferences around Europe this summer (you can see the schedule of my public events here.

Yet another reason I haven’t been blogging is that I have been spending a lot of time in my two new communities: The Social Learning Community on Yammer, and the Share&Learn collaboration platform I set up using open source software. There’s more information about the difference between these two community initiatives here.  The Social Learning Community now has over 750 members (since it started in mid-March) and we have had some very valuable conversations about the use of social media  for learning.  Share&Learn has only been going for two weeks now but already has over 500 members, and has a number of different groups focused on different aspects of learning and learning technologies.   In fact the group I am using for my online, social programme (30 ways to use social media for working and learning)  has over 200 participants.   Please do come and join me in one or both of them!

And, finally one further reason why I haven’t been blogging here is that I’ve just got involved in another interesting little project … but I’ll tell you more about that in another post!