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Using Social Media for Professional Learning: Seek, Sense, and Share

Reflection

My Three Words for 2011 inspired by Harold Jarche's Networked Learning Model

For 2011, my three words are:   Seek,  Sense, and Share inspired by Harold Jarche’s model for networked learning.

How these words will guide me in 2011:

Seek: Seeking is the process of keeping up to date in your field.   Over the past decade, the Internet and social media have been one of my primary sources for professional learning.  To me,  seeking represents the topics or content that I’m curious about and that will help me be more effective at my work as a social media and nonprofit capacity builder and trainer – and blogger.    Some topics of interest for me include:   social media measurement,  ROI,  networked learning, information overload and mindfulness,  Civil Society 2.0, networks,  training and capacity building approaches,  and culture change.   That means I’ll continue to build my personal networks and content sources in these areas.   As far as  geekery topics, I’m particularly excited to explore some of the new tools for coping with the ever expanding information on social networks and mobile.

Sense: Sensing is making sense of the information.   This is building time in for reflection and putting I find out into practice.    Sense making is also experimenting and learning by doing.    It is also a process that happens, in part,  in  quiet – and for me that means embracing slowness.   Most of all, I want to master the ability to switch between connectedness and solitude.    I will continue to practice and explore different ways to use visuals to aid reflection, including data visualization, visual thinking,  structured frameworks, graphic facilitation, and more.   Most of all, sensing requires discipline, a routine, systems, and being organized.

A lot the products of my sense-making are shared through this blog, flickr, YouTube, and Slideshare – as well as offline through presentations, book and article writing, and facilitating workshops.

Share: This is the process of exchanging resources, ideas and experiences with our networks and collaborating with our colleagues.    I participate in numerous online communities of practice, but I’m most excited about the Zoetica Salon that we’ve been hosting on my Facebook page and we will continue with a monthly theme and share the summaries.    I’m also exploring different networks for sharing and connecting with colleagues that go a little bit deeper than 140 characters.  Lately,  I’ve found Quora to be an interesting place  for discussions.

Last week, I was noodling around with the idea of professional learning in a connected age:   How professionals learn using social networking tools to  improve their effectiveness at work.   Before the Internet and Facebook, it used to be called professional development.     Mixing in social media, the practice has been called developing “personal learning network,” but some, like Harold Jarche, are calling it “networked learning.”

I have been reflecting on my system for doing this – looking at the tension between curating one’s network and get things done, but leaving room for serendipity.   Harold Jarche linked to me in his post on 2010 social media and education trends which lead to his very good post about networked learning that helped me crystallize my three words.    He talks about the growing importance of informal learning in the connected workplace as well as the importance of sense-making skills, both individually and in networks, as new digital literacy skills.

Jarche defines networked learning as  “an individual, disciplined process by which we make sense of information, observations and ideas.”    He further suggests that networked learning is the solution (in part) to information overload (not the cause!).   For networked learning to be beneficial, it requires an open attitude toward learning and finding new things.   In addition, each person needs to develop individualized processes of filing, classifying and annotating digital information for later retrieval.  His conceptual model include the three words:  seek, sense, and share.

My sense is that becoming a master at networked learning helps you improve what you are doing in world that is changing so fast and is so complex.

What role will social media and connectedness play in your quest to improve your professional work?

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38 Responses

  1. John Waugh says:

    This reminds me of the OODA (observe-orient-decide-act) loop used to describe combat observations by Col John Boyd, a Korean War fighter pilot. Check out discussions on this at John Robb’s Global Guerillas blog for an interesting discussion of how this can be applied in contexts other than dogfights – and at the Committee on Public Safety blog for a discussion of how it relates to the strategic theory of Clauswitz. A recent post there has a bow-tie diagram that may interest readers of this entry who want to do a deep dive into strategic decision-making processes. Keep up the good work and best for 2011.

  2. Marcella says:

    Those three words sound like a great place to launch 2011. One of my words (or maybe my only word) this year will be “start”, because i will soon be officially starting my

  3. Marcella says:

    Sorry, ipad problems. Starting my life as a person trying to bring social medis connectedness to organizations throughout Latin America. And I cannot wait!

  4. Rob Wu says:

    Being connected is always easy and a big part of learning. It’s harder to find the discipline to set aside time/computer/phone to be in solitude and reflect on these learnings. My goal is to set aside at least 2 hours of week this type of reflection.

  5. Ken Otter says:

    I am inspired to look for three words that capture the essence of important goals and intentions for the year. I like the ones you have selected. Upon reflection, I believe it is important to think of the sequence–seek, sense, share, as iterative and interconnnected. In other words, the process of learning in relationship to a given topic does not conclude once I share. By sharing (a form of action), effects are generated that when paid attention to become more input for renewed sense-making, to be shared anew.

    In this way learning consists of distinct, iterative, and interconnected “streams” of learning, which not only flow into the future, but intersect with other people’s personal learning streams. And together these streams become larger “rivers” of learning from which many can benefit.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. audrey says:

    who is steve spalding? I ran into this same blog post saying it was written by steve spalding: http://wiredcauses.com/my-three-words-for-2011-seek-sense-and-share

  7. Marci says:

    Seek + Sense + Share = GROWTH

    I could not agree more for such a grander serendipitous goal in 2011

  8. Beth says:

    Audrey: I have no idea who Steve is and why he is posting my content on his blog without attribution.

    Thanks everyone for the links and insights. Hope you all have fantastic new years ..

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  11. Geri Stengel says:

    Networking has a double meaning in the context of professional learning. As you say, the potential for online learning is limitless. We can ask questions of so many people and get so many points of view. The other meaning, however, is the closer, personal network of colleagues to whom you feel connected and can unburden. This network is often in-person but can be maintained and enhanced online.

    By the way, my three concepts for 2011 are: collaboration, social media, and integrity. I think these are all critical for value-driven businesses this year.

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  13. Beth says:

    Geri: Thanks for pointing out how social networks strengthens the ties of professional colleagues. It used to be that you saw your professional peers once a year at your industry conferences, but you didn’t really get to know them. Being able to follow the ideas and see what resources my colleagues are talking about, can be rewarding. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Beth,

    I’ve organized a workshop for a professional client group (experts in dairy cattle mastitis at the National Mastitis Council 50th Annual Meeting) later this month that is entitled “Milking the Web Smarter, Especially Using Social Media”.

    I’d like your permission to start off the session with your ‘three words’ and key points in this blog posting as an approach for all the hands-on exercises in the training.

    Ok with you? & TIA

  16. I’m very glad that Seek-Sense-Share has inspired you, Beth. It developed over several years using several different terms:

    http://www.jarche.com/2010/02/seek-sense-share/

    When I hit upon the alliteration, it resonated much better with my clients and people were able to remember it and use it in their own context.

    You may also be interested in some other models that people have used in describing how they learn in social/professional networks:

    http://www.jarche.com/2009/07/other-pkm-processes/

    @John Waugh I’ve used the OODA loop model in my work, but didn’t link it to this. Very interesting!

    @Ken Otter yes, it is meant as a continuous & iterative process

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