Looking backwards, moving forward
Hello, blogosphere, I’m glad to be back after indulging in a delightful retreat of holiday fun with family and friends. The flip of the calendar has brought me new insights about patience, persistence and how I pursue my learning.
Looking in the rear-view mirror, I see about 50 items in my email reading pile to sift through. I am volume-allergic right now but I persist and find a gem of a post by fellow moocer leahgrrl about the power of inefficient, messy learning. In the words of my best friend last month, “It’s a challenge. Don’t give up so easy, little one.” I also find this rich dialogue sparked by jennymackness on the tyranny of sharing. I feel like I ‘know’ leah and jenny a bit from their presence on the live sessions of #change11 and #cck11. This brings me comfort amid other noise and distractions.
I flip through a dozen issues of The Daily newsletter and click on a few favourite bloggers’ posts. I reflect and add comments, particularly on the sites of lurkers who have emerged as visible in this course. I am back in the groove, lighting candles and seeing what burns.
I also take a minute to think back on the hypocrites I met last year who call themselves learning professionals and yet they are afraid to risk, to embrace change, to learn about technology and how it can shape our work. I will try my best not to spend much time on them. I will water the flowers, not the weeds.
On the road ahead, I see a new short-term work assignment starting next week that will expose me to a huge network of colleagues and will test what I ‘know’ about learning in new ways. I am so jazzed about connecting the dots between #change11 and whatever this new assignment will hold for me. I see more blogging in my future, perhaps some fresh opportunities to use other platforms for connecting and collaborating and crowd-sourcing ideas.
So, #change11, what’s in your rear-view mirror at the moment? And what is on the road ahead for you?
From → Smarter worker