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SSI Enables followup 1

Posted on: April 18, 2016

In the first part of my followup of my keynote on Friday, I process SSI Enables 2016 by the numbers and respond to backchannel questions.

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I was told that there were about 120 in-house participants and about 40 from external agencies. As I use the URL shortener, I was able to keep track of access hits to my resources. For example, as of Friday night:

  • My Google Slides were accessed 149 times
  • The quiz on PLNs was visited 155 times
  • The backchannel was loaded 251 times

As TodaysMeet (TM) backchannel spaces expire, I have archived the entire backchannel in a PDF. Here are Qs (in bold) from the backchannel and my As (in italics).

T2 I hope to be shakened, but not stirred…
10:31am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Albert

@albert: I hope that you were shaken to the core & stirred into action.🙂

how do u make sure everyone is aligned in the things that they learn?
11:10am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Nix

@Nix: Alignment may not be the right measure if meaningful individualisation is.

Personal Learning is great…unfortunately it is difficult to ‘certify’ it especially when you change career. How do you prove learning?
11:11am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Leonard

@Leonard: Consider this – being certified does not guarantee learning either. What’s more important? Paper evidence or actionable proof?

Others weighed in* on this even before I did.

Good point noted: certification vs personal learning. Both equally important😊
11:47am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Karen

certification is definitely a form of learning- but a formal learning. We are talking here about informal and interactive learning.
11:50am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Yet

This sector is big on professionalism and accredition. How this form of learning enhance the accredition and professionalism?
11:16am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Yet

@Yet: PLNs might follow up from certification (cont’d learning). Professionalism is taking ownership of problem-seeking & solving, learning.

what platform would you recommend to start pln? Facebook? slideshare?
11:21am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Gloria

@Gloria: Any social media platform that allows easy dialogue & one you are already on, e.g., Facebook, Twitter.

understood what a PLN is – very keen to start one; what would be good platforms to start one from your experience?
11:22am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Saras

@Saras: See my reply to Gloria. Start with what you already know & can have conversations on.

How do you verify the reliability of online sources of info?
11:22am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by SF

@SF The same way we verify anything not online, e.g., critical thought, comparative practice, etc.

Should we assume that everybody wants to learn even though the demands and workload of the staff tend to be overwhelming already?
11:22am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by XJ

@XJ: I answered during ‘live’ segment. Another answer – don’t separate work from learning.

What is learners are not very self-directed, will it be ok to guide/point them in the right directions?
11:24am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Sherc

@Sherc: Definitely. But don’t hand-hold so much that they become dependent on structure. Don’t let a scaffold become a crutch.

how do we build a culture of self directed learning when we are brought up in an education system of structured learning.
11:26am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Jen

@Jen: By 1st realising that curricular system is inadequate, JIC & slow. There is much joy in SDL!🙂

how to get staff who are not tech savvy to embrace the advance innovative culture of technology and want to learn during interstitial
11:27am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by KF

@KF: By starting with personal & meaningful use. Example – If person is a grandparent, how to connect with grandchild overseas?

How do you shift mindsets of your leaders on learning?
11:30am, Fri, Apr 15, 2016 by Ravin

@Ravin: By getting them to attend events like SSI Enables. By having honest conversations. By showing hard data.

Some observations:

  1. The number of questions in the backchannel was not unusual for the number of participants.
  2. The more dominant pattern of responses was typical: I asked or tasked, participants responded.
  3. There were very few conversational exchanges (see asterisked* Q and A above).

An indicator of change is how comfortable participants are in using backchannels and initiating conversations on their own. This would reveal a mindset shaped by conversations similar to those on hashtagged edu-Twitter chats. Then I might conclude that more people were on their PLN journeys.

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