Communal Learning, Online and In Person
Earlier this year, I attended the 2017 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. While there, I tweeted fairly consistently (@keving789), and our company Twitter account (@microassist) was pretty active. I wrote a blog post (see above) on what CSUN tells us about how accessibility and elearning work together, and in March, wrote a commentary for Mealey’s Litigation Report on what the conference had to say about higher education institutions and the American with Disabilities Act.
More broadly, my colleagues and I regularly engage in conversations on social media, write other commentaries, publish blog posts, and schedule webinars.
Which all got me thinking about sharing knowledge. First, of course, going to conferences—what better way to get insights into best practices in our field? And networking while there, so that we can continue to build on each other’s experiences? And sharing on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other venues? Not to mention sharing through blog posts, email lists, and even old-fashioned(!) forums like journals and books.
Learning professionals transfer knowledge and educate our learners; those are the points of the enterprise. And we’re constantly seeking to get better, improving ourselves and our learners. What’s more inspiring than seeing how others do it well? The mistakes that they made, and how they got better?
This is how we grow.
Do you share knowledge? Do you build on others’ expertise? Do you enable others to build on yours? What can you do to further our communal effort to make learning the most effective experience we can? Weigh in with your comments.
The 2018 CSUN conference is coming up again in March. My colleague Hiram Kuykendall and I are presenting (he’s discussing accessible videos and I’m talking about accessible elearning). If you’ll be there, stop by and say hi. And share a thought or two.
Until next time,
Microassist Senior Learning Architect
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