How has your network changed the way you learn?
One of the most significant ways (in recent years) that my learning network has changed how I learn is that it has opened up a wider array of learning opportunities and has provided access to a larger number of tools for finding and learning information. As part of my education, I have learned how to utilize digital tools to communicate, generate documents, access information, synthesize concepts, and share ideas. I have had opportunities to connect with instructors, experts in the field, and fellow students from all around the world. In many cases, I have been able to collaborate with individuals from across the country to develop projects and ideas. Technology has afforded me the opportunity to expand my learning network far beyond what was available to me prior to engaging in online learning.
These changes in my learning network have also helped to enhance the more “traditional” components of my learning network. Although I still work with colleagues and students in a face-to-face nature, I am able to integrate a variety of new technology-based applications which allow our shared learning network to extended beyond the confines of classroom walls and static textbooks. In the end, an expanded learning network makes is possible to break through physicals barriers of time and space to access information from all reaches.
Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you?
Personally, I have found that I can able to learn through a variety of different learning tools. Although I still enjoy opportunities to interact with people in face-to-face settings, online learning (and the tools that are associated with this type of learning environment) works extremely well for me. In general, I have grown to adopt a variety of different tools for learning ranging from hard-copy textbooks to online blogs to Internet-based simulations to long distance SKYPE sessions with peers.
How do you learn new knowledge when you have questions?
When I have questions, I try to access a wide range of different learning communities. As an educator and life-long learner, I have access to education professionals, experts in the field, fellow students, and so on. Connections with these individuals make it possible to find the relevant information for solving problems. In addition to personal connections, the Internet itself provides access to wide range of resources. I have learned to use the Internet to access information and to explore new applications in order to get the most out of virtual interactions with information and people. I have also found that an important feature of maintaining by dynamic and flexible learning network involves taking my own initiative to locate, learn, and develop new information. Actively seeking out information within the network serves to keep the network fluid, efficient, and effective.