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Final Presentation

December 15, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

I chose to record my PLN presentation and post it here!  It’s short, just under the 5 minutes that Jing will allow.  Hope I still convey the essence of what I was doing…

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Thanks for a great semester!

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Blogging Backlash

December 15, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

In the past, I have been a blogger for academic purposes. This semester, it wasn’t there for me. I’m not opposed to blogging, I do appreciate the reflective practice, I enjoy reading other people’s blogs. Not so much lately…

I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what my resistance to it might be. Below are some ideas. I don’t think its just one of these, but some combination.

  • At some point, I heard that we should be blogging once a week.  On one hand, I like knowing the rules.  I’m an adult learner so I want to know what it takes to succeed.  It’s way more comfortable for me.  On the other hand, I gawked at having to do this on a weekly basis.  How was it truly reflective if it’s set to a time line.  Herein lies internal conflict #1!
  • When I confirmed that we should be blogging weekly, I found out that I had misinterpreted or misheard something.  This leads to conflict #2.  So, how many blogs does it take to get an A then?  Right here, I could have just made up an answer for myself, defended it in my head, and moved forward.  Instead, I spent an inordinate amount of brain energy trying to figure out why I was being so inflexible.
  • Conflict #3 – My classmates are better at blogging than me (shout out to Joanne & Tim especially).  In the past, this has inspired me.  This semester, it intimidated me.
  • I got very self-conscious about being graded on my reflectivity.  This isn’t about Jeff or other classmates – I’m pretty wide open.  Conflict #4 – For the first time, it felt kind of raw to think that I might not be reflective enough.  I’m not deep enough man…
Beatnik

Beatnik

Maybe it’s because I’m so close to being done with school.  Maybe I’m just tired of being reflective.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still reflecting, even if I don’t write it down.  I also understand that writing about it brings deeper meaning and clarity (like this post is doing).  So why is it so tedious right now?  Why didn’t I just push through this semester and do it anyway?

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Happy Holidays

December 8, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

My favorite part of the season is Christmas music! Enjoy a playlist of goodies!

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Ben Sollee Playlist

December 1, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

I love this guy! He’s a cellist who has managed to make his sound really current and hip. Enjoy!

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If You Build It, Will They Really Come?

December 1, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of an LMS and the plethora of social learning options. It seems to me that these exist on a continuum of options. The learner moves back and forth across the continuum based on their motivation and desire to learn the content in question.

In terms of museology, I am highly motivated to learn more about everything I can. I volunteer to train docents, I ask questions about museum operations, I surf the web and look for things related to museum education. My motivation drives me to learn more and to connect the pieces of information that I already have.

If I had more access to information in an LMS format when I started my quest, I probably would have had a much shorter learning curve. The more I learn, the more I find that I need to learn. It would have been great to have had a spring board, a place to start.

Another example that comes to mind are the careers of undergraduate students. When I started college, I was not very motivated to learn any more than exactly what was required. It would have been great to have an LMS to access information about the class, readings, contacts with classmates. But, I rarely, if ever, would have ventured beyond exactly what was required to make an appropriate grade in the course. As I moved more into my field of study, I was extremely interested in the topics offered in class. I would have loved to have has access to social networking groups. I joined the Geography Club but that was definitely more about socializing than networking and sharing knowledge!

Again, when I moved into my field of study for my Master’s degree, I spend a great deal more time creating a social network around training and development and instructional design. Since I run a small business, my networking has become crucial to my day-to-day functioning.

There is definitely a sweet spot where using an LMS and participating in a social network increases the learning opportunities. But, I think it depends a great deal on the motivation of the learner to find that sweet spot. An instructor or facilitator can notify the students it’s there, they can even create and pay for an account (NING). But, building it does not always guarantee that they will come…
"If you build it, he will come..."

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Keys to my PLN

November 17, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

My how my life has changed in the past two years. Right before I went on vacation, I found a back issue of an academic journal that I just had to own. So, I paid the $25, which hardly seemed enough for my own copy of Volume 33, Number 1 of The Journal of Museum Education.  The entire publication is dedicated to Adult Learning in Museums.  I wanted my own copy for the notes and resources after each article, for the opportunity to make notes in the margins, for the possibilities of cross-referencing authors, schools and museums.

Yes, it arrived before I left for my holiday.  Yes, I packed it in my carry-on.  Yes, it was the first piece of reading material that I pulled out.  Yes, it has a little sand in the front cover still.

I’m also thinking this will be a key to finding more resources and contacts as I build my PLN.

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Mayan Digital Media

November 17, 2010 by aptitude · No Comments · ADLT 641

This was pretty fun to do!  I could have spent HOURS listening to music clips.  In hindsight, something with a more Central American sound would have been more appropriate.  But, I like the guitar…

Thinking about adult learning...

Thinking about adult learning...

I had more success working with Audacity than I have had with inserting the mp3 file into my blog.  It worked much better once I put other text and media into the post. It did NOT like being the only thing in the post though.

Has anyone had any luck with changing the size of the media player? I changed the width in the html code but it didn’t have any effect on the player in the published format.

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Museum Studies and Cruises

November 2, 2010 by aptitude · 5 Comments · ADLT 641

I decided a while ago that the best way for me to get the hang of using Delicious would be to create a project for myself. Here’s what I came up with…

All my life, I have loved museums. I think it started when I was a child because the class field trips to Colonial Williamsburg, The Children’s Museum and The Air & Space Museum all accommodated the tactile learner that I am. I have distinct memories from each of them and still remember what I learned there. As an adult learner now, these learning environments seem to cater primarily to only the auditory and visual learners. I would love to continue my education in a way that allows me to explore the field of Museum Education for adults. I’ve also been considering other programs in Instructional Technology and Instructional Design. So, I started a Delicious tag APTeds.

I tend to get very confused and overwhelmed about who has what program and where it is and what they offer. My APTeds tag keeps them all together where I can find them easily. For the most part, I have kept them all private. The tag is to allow me to find my resources again. I don’t think the grouping would make sense to anyone else but me.

I am also going on a cruise in the near future. Somehow, I ended up being the person in our group to research our shore excursions. So, I tagged all of our options APTvacay. Then, I sent my group the http://www.delicious.com/aaron_paula/APTvacay link and there they all were! They think I’m brilliant. Ha!

I have researched and found what tags other people are using. I want to participate in the community of Delicious. So, I have started using instructional_technology and instructionaltechnology, instructionaldesign and instructional_design. There’s some really cool stuff out there! I’ve found plenty of interesting things by creating tags (such as museumed or museumeducation) and searching by those. I have found very little when I search by museumeducation and adult learning though. Maybe some day, MY articles will appear on Delicious, tagged by the next adult learning professional!

On my TweetDeck, I created a column for museum education and have found all kinds of interesting information about education programs at museums all over the world.  Again, not much of it is focused on adult learners, except comments about docent training or professional development for K-12 teachers.

All in all, I appreciate the resources as I dive deeper into my ideas about my professional career.  What’s already out there?  Where is there a gap in knowledge and/or practice?

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Bon Apetite!

November 2, 2010 by aptitude · 1 Comment · ADLT 641

I love this tool!  I’m not entirely sure how I will use it in the future, but I have had a great time playing with it.  I created a screencast about using one of my favorite tools on the web. Typical with my learning curve, I can record and record and record. The challenge for me actually lies in making it work with other tools, namely my blog. This is where I tend to get frustrated. I can figure out how to use just about any software. It’s making that software work with other applications where I get completely overwhelmed.

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Amazingly, I also used it today to capture a resource listing for a client.  I had tried to send the reference to her as a hyperlink and it just didn’t work.  So, I used Jing to capture the image and sent that to her as a link.  It worked like a charm that time!

I have used SnagIt, also owned by TechSmith for years.  I actually find that a little easier to use to capture images but that may be because I’m so used to its functionality.

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Silly Rabbit

October 18, 2010 by aptitude · 1 Comment · ADLT 641

I hardly think that being ADHD is any kind of deficit at all.  As my dad points out, often, its more like being hyper-attentive.  I pay attention to everything that is going on around me, all the time – probably even when I’m asleep.

The new tools we’re learning seem to contribute to that.  TweetDeck may be the most fabulous thing ever!  I can go about my other business and watch my Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn go by.  The problem is that it pulls me into those ‘rabbit holes’ we often talk about.  Herein lies the distraction part…  I can start to pay more attention to that than my work.  Or, I click on a link that takes me to a link that takes me to a link and on and on.

I’ve been hesitant to participate in many of the tools and social applications.  I just don’t want to jump in and try it.  I’ve thought long and hard about why.  It isn’t like me to hesitate, to not want to try something new.  I think I finally figured out that it’s because I’m so overwhelmed with everything I’m getting and so fascinated and amazed with what I’m seeing and learning, I don’t want to fall in a rabbit hole and miss the next thing coming.

Like everyone else, I don’t know where I’ll find the time to master these things and then apply them too.   I’m confident I will, eventually…

(c) Cyril Helnwein, "Down the Rabbit Hole"

(c) Cyril Helnwein, "Down the Rabbit Hole"

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