Another 23 Things

Mike Taylor’s Learn Camp is running again this year.


In last year’s program participants were introduced to 23 things we could do on the web to explore and expand our knowledge of new tools and technologies.  This is a self-directed program and as such I found myself more drawn towards some of the challenges to explore particular technology or concepts than others – it’s all about what you personally want to get out of the program.

Reflecting on the last 12 months, this learning program has had quite an impact on how I incorporate learning and sharing what I’m learning into my work and life.  Before the program I didn’t have a blog, use Twitter to any significant extent or have such an amazing network of people around me that I can learn from and share my learning with.

The first exercise in last year’s program was to get an understanding of what it is to be a lifelong learner – starting with reading Joel Gardner’s article, “How to Become a Successful Lifelong Learner“.   In this article he details 5 components of successful lifelong learning.  It probably helps that I have a personality-driven disposition and passion for learning new things, but I have successfully incorporated all of these components into the way I spend my time without really giving it too much thought.

Components of Successful Lifelong Learning – Joel Gardner

Once again there is an impressive line-up of topics to be covered over the 12 weeks of this Learn Camp 2014 program, including blogging, RSS and feed readers, Twitter, Yammer and enterprise social networks, tagging, folksonomies and social bookmarking, curation, personal knowledge management and personal learning networks.

The addition of webinars to the schedule, facilitated by Mark Britz, Allison Michels and JD Dillon adds a new dimension to the learning and I’m looking forward to the kick-off webinar on 1 July 2014 with Mark Britz facilitating a session on “Why Blogging (Still) Matters”.

I encourage you to participate and wish all registrants the best of luck in their learning journey!

23 Things

I came across an online self-directed learning program a few days ago and couldn’t resist the challenge, so I’ve registered along with 23 other learners.

The initiative is called Learn Camp and is open to anyone.  It’s a great initiative – facilitated by Mike Taylor.

Once registered, participants are encouraged to “experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today”.

The program goes for 12 weeks, with the aim each week being to spend a little time learning new technologies in a number of categories, including social networking, micro-sharing, social bookmarking, communication tools, collaboration tools, blogging and RSS.  All up we are being challenged with 23 things we can do on the web to explore and expand our knowledge of new tools and technologies.

This week is week 1 and is all about finding out about the program and getting an understanding of what it is to be a lifelong learner.  Joel Gardner’s article on “How to become a successful lifelong learner” was a good starting point for understanding this concept.  I also came across this article written by Brett and Kate McKay titled “How and why to become a lifelong learner” which I thought others may find interesting.  In this article they quote Dan Pink who argues that:

“We need three things to feel motivated about, and satisfied with our life: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Becoming a lifelong learner fulfills all three of these psychological needs”.

I have an all-time favourite video which I think is quite relevant to this self-directed learning initiative.   The video was created as a conversation starter – no doubt some of you have viewed it on YouTube – more than 696,000 others have! The video “explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information.  This video works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively”.