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Take Control of Your Learning

"People who can seek new information, make sense of it, and share it with their colleagues, will be an asset to any work team." - Harold Jarche

Taking control of your own learning is a difficult concept for most of us. We grew up with prescribed and pre-scripted learning. Throughout most of history, there was a limited amount of information available on a given subject and a small number of ways to access that information.  That made things pretty easy for us as learners. We had to rely on someone else (teachers, bosses, authors, newspaper editors, media producers, book publishers, governments, etc.) to decide what we needed to know and how we should go about learning it. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride.

All of that has changed in the digital age. Sure there are still plenty of folks who want to prescribe and pre-script our learning, but we don't have to rely on them any longer. Through the Internet, we can access a nearly unlimited amount of information on any given subject in a multitude of ways. We can take control of our own personal and professional learning.

For "knowledge workers," like those of us in Extension, taking control of our own learning is not just a luxury, it's a necessity. If your approach to your personal and professional learning is to sit back and wait for the next conference, the next professional development session, the next trade magazine or research publication, you are going to find yourself falling behind your peers.

If you want to compete, you need to take charge of your learning.

Want to get started? Here are 3 archived webinars from the eXtension Network Literacy Community of Practice:

Creating Your Own Learning Network

Getting Information to Come to You (RSS Feeds and Feed Readers)

Finding and Following in Online Networks

(Image: Personal Learning Environment: Janson Hews used under CC BY-NC 2.0)


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