PKM is our part of the social learning contract

Yesterday, Harold Jarche shared the image on the right, in his post To learn, we must do.

For me this is spot on. Whereas most people are concerning themselves with the new social and collaboration technologies, or how to get people to collaborate, for me the key to successful social learning is how the individual engages in his/her networks and contributes what s/he has learned or is learning along the way.  PKM is therefore the key to successful social learning.

PKM is also a key skill of being an effective autonomous learner – as we can see from the many individuals who are already organizing and managing their own personal learning strategies in the organization – and consequently a key aspect of BYOL (Bring Your Own Learning).

Furthermore, PKM is as much a life skill as a work skill – and actually one that needs to be acquired in schools, colleges and universities – to prepare students not just for the workplace but to help them make sense of all their online activities.

So how can we help students as well as workers develop the new PKM skills? Well this is not something you tell others to do, but something you show others how to do; it therefore requires you to have good PKM skills yourselves.

Harold  and I have been connecting, communicating and collaborating online for over fifteen years, and we now run a number of PKM online workshops at the Social Learning Centre, that includes the following elements:

  1. Getting started with PKM: How to create your own Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) framework that enables you to seek information and people; make sense of the online world and share with others in communities of practice. The PKM framework is based on eight years of practical research and use.
  2. Taking control of your professional development: How to integrate your learning and work through narration and online transparency.
  3. Selecting media and tools: Deciding where and how to start, whether it be with blogs, activity-streaming, podcasts, video, etc.
  4. Finding your voice: Using a probe-sense-respond approach, participants can test out a new medium within our community of practice.
  5. Network weaving: How to maintain, shape and cull your online networks and becoming a powerful, contributing node.
  6. Connecting the nodes: A synchronous (real time) session to ask questions and discuss issues raised during the workshop as well as connect with other participants.

The next public workshop will run 11-22 June 2012, but we also offer private workshops for organizational teams on request. Just contact harold@jarche.com or me, Jane, at jane.hart@c4lpt.co.uk for further information.

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