The Amazing Technicolour Self Directed Learning Tool

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Yesterday I published a post asking for help from you all to help me develop a Personal and Self Directed Learning Tool. Thank you to those of you who have contributed stuff so far. Today i was making it look a bit better than a simple black and white hand out.

Whilst I was searching for inspiration on the look and feel, I found the Conversation Prism developed by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas, a picture of which is below and the picture will take you to their website which they have developed. I remembered seeing an early version of this back in 2008, it has evolved quite a bit and looks amazing if you ask me.

Now I’m not trying to re-create this directly  – As i’m really after creating more of a subset or alternative viewpoint aimed in particular at Public Sector employees to support their personal and self directed learning. However I have to give credit to Brian and Jesse for the idea and inspiration as I obviously can’t claim what I have done is original, but more of an adaptation. (I’d love to know what software package was used to create the prism as I used Photoshop and i’m not particular good at using it but it does a job)

I haven’t yet gone as far as including the actual tools within my version yet, as i’m still thinking how best to display them, what I like about the conversation prism is the use of the logos, but i’m wondering if that will work for some quite informal public sector forums or discussion groups? Maybe a combination of both will work? What do you think?

Anyway the “hopefully” more colourful version of my tool is below and I have made a decision to have 3 layers representing “professional”, “semi-professional” and “social”. The centre still at this stage represents the “intranet”, however I would hope that in the very near future that this could actually represent the Knowledge Hub, as it very much delivers the same outcomes and facilitates the same journey.

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If you saw the previous version yesterday then you might notice that I have added an additional two headings which are Research and Reflection, this was due to feedback from the workforce development team and looking back at my first scribble, I had actually made a note of these two but forgot to include them – Doh!.

Any comments or thoughts on how you might use this to help colleagues in your council navigate the web for professional or social sites aimed at supporting one or more of the activities around the edges, I’d very much welcome your views.

Can you help? – Personal and Self Directed Learning tool

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I’m working with and supporting the Workforce Development Team here in Devon on creating a framework to help staff support their learning using a Self Directed Learning Style.

WHAT IS SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING?

An estimated 70 percent of adult learning is self-directed learning (Cross 1981). Self-directed learning has been described as “a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others,” to diagnose their learning needs, formulate learning goals, identify resources for learning, select and implement learning strategies, and evaluate learning outcomes (Knowles 1975).

Self-directed training includes the learner initiating the learning, making the decisions about what training and development experiences will occur, and how. The learner selects and carries out their own learning goals, objectives, methods and means to verifying that the goals were met.

Probably the most important skill for today’s rapidly changing workforce is skills in self-reflection. The highly motivated, self-directed learner with skills in self-reflection can approach the workplace as a continual classroom from which to learn.

Supervisors and employees who work together to accomplish formal, self-directed learning in the workplace also accomplish continuous learning for continued productivity and learning.

As part of this framework, I suggested how we might look at Social Media and other social tools to help compliment and support this. The idea I came up with was to display it as a circle, then around the edges have headings relating to a particular activity.   – then starting from the centre – (the very centre currently being our intranet which is the gateway to our online training and elearning) you move outwards to professional based sites/sources – then on to semi professional and finally to the more socially based sites/sources.

Some examples of what I mean are listed below:

  • Professional = CIPD, Socitm, BCS, CIPR
  • Semi Professional = Communities of Practice,  Linked-In Groups, Podcasts
  • Social = Google Groups,  Twitter, Facebook Groups, You Tube

Some will naturally cross over into more than one category but I think that is ok, after all it is a visual tool to help someone see the big picture when it comes to their learning.

I’ve included a blank template version below as i’m after some help and comments about how to make it better and more inclusive, without over complicating it at the same time.

I’ve created a google form to capture what can be included in this tool and would very much welcome your help in identifying the types of sites and networks you currently use to support personal and self directed learning.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.