Thursday, 17 January 2008

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Effective Learners - Thing 2

Things 2-3: Helen Blowers has created a tutorial on the 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Effective Learners. They are:

1. Begin with the end in mind (GOALS)
2. Accept responsibility for your own learning.
3. View problems as challenges
4. Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner (don't get discouraged if it's hard at first)
5. Create your own learning toolbox (courses, books, web tools etc)
6. Use technology to your advantage
7. Teach/mentor others
7.5 Play!

I think on the whole I'm a pretty enthusiastic and effective learner. I've always enjoyed my formal studies, and I'm generally keen to extend myself at work. I would say out these habits, the one I have the most trouble with is actually setting an attainable goal and then following through to its conclusion. I have plenty of dreams, but it's a matter of being realistic and selecting just one or two to work on. Sometimes I also tend to need extrinsic motivation to complete a goal - a deadline, a teacher/mentor who keeps me accountable or something similar.

The rest I would argue I'm pretty good at. Being a librarian, I know where and how to find the tools I need, I enjoy teaching, and I like to play. :)

Learning 2.0 for Knowledge Managment - Things 1-4

As a graduate librarian who has recently been shifted sideways from public libraries into the realm of corporate Knowledge Management, I've had a lot to learn. And I've discovered for me, the best way to learn about the latest approaches to Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing was through the many blogs on the subject, some of them written by leaders in the field (Check out the blog roll on the side - coming soon!).

In the midst of all this information absorption I quickly discovered that there's a pretty significant overlap between current library trends and KM trends, especially when it comes to Web 2.0 technologies and their potential for the organisation.

All of which led me to the fabulous 23 Things program designed by Helen Blowers to introduce Web 2.0 to public librarians. So here I am, doing the 23 Things not only for my own benefit but also to see where it can be tweaked to make it a learning tool for Knowledge Managers and their workers.