According to George Siemens, “Connectivism integrates technology, social networks and information” (Siemens,2005). In other words, connectivism is how we all operate everyday when we do a Google search, collaborate with a co-worker, or check a social media page for an update. Personally, every time I do one of the above mentioned actions, I am learning.
My mind map certainly does show my emphasis on my professional life and that the other two areas in my life could use some help – I think they call it work-life balance. Anyway, I digress…
Through the networks listed, each one brings a special something to my learning. If I have a human resource question, I talk to one of my friends who is a whiz at HR. If I need to know about a bear or an animal siting in my neighborhood, then NextDoor Digest is my go to. I recently found the Elearning Coach and joined her email list so I could get her free book of resources. She is awesome and I would definitely check her out – www.theelearningcoach.com. I wish I would have found her sooner, because she offers some great tips for writing for Instructional Design.
Truthfully, I think I am a little old-school when it comes to learning and figuring out what to do next. Countless times, I have been in a predicament where I simply did not know how to get from Point A to Point Z. Time was always never on my side, and I have the tendency to get a little wound tight under stress. Instead of wasting time (my pet peeve) I normally would pick up the phone and start calling my resources to get me to the finish point – even if it means calling some of my higher up friends at the government level. Most people would rely on Google or other web-based apps to steer the ship, but I like the idea of a person walking me through the steps. I don’t know why talking to an actual person would be considered “old-school” but I know for sure none of my adult children would dare to pick up a phone to ask for help – unless it was me doing the helping.
Connectivism is not new just putting a word to the process of what we do every day – especially if you are taking a course, looking for a job or simply cruising the web.
Till then, I will continue to be the ID Newbie – old-school or not as I trudge my way through the complex world of instructional design.