Archive for February, 2008

Flickr College Tour (Thing #6)

February 27, 2008


Buck

Originally uploaded by redteam

I’ve been connected to lots of different colleges and universities over the years, but UC Santa Cruz, the first university I attended, is still my favorite. What a gorgeous campus! Found this nice shot on Flickr and used the “Blog this” tool to post it here.

I also found pics on Flickr of other campuses I’ve been to, with the exception of Marymount. Well, actually there were a few MM pics, but they were of a graduation ceremony. Seems the “Blog this” tool only works for one pic at a time, and I don’t really want to post them all individually. Anyone know how to post a group of pictures from Flickr in one post?

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Ghosts in the Machine (Thing #5)

February 21, 2008

It’s my own darn fault for choosing a different platform I guess. I wanted to comment on a post on Cashion’s Corner, but I ran into to two glitches. First, I could not find a way to provide a hyperlink within the comment. I might have been able to use HTML code to do it but that would require me to look up the code (ugh!). Seems Blogger does not provide the familiar link icon in its comments editor.

The other problem was identity. I wanted to leave my comment as Knowledge Nomad, but this did not seem possible either. Anonymous comments were also not allowed (which is fine, I can understand the rationale behind that), so I had to use my Google account. Not a tragedy, but I was just surprised about the lack of interoperability between the Blogger and WordPress platforms.

Cycles of Learning and Unlearning (Thing #3)

February 15, 2008

Just finished watching the presentation on 7.5 Habits of Lifelong Learning. The concept of lifelong learning is not new to me, but I liked the breakdown of some basic habits to reinforce successful lifelong learning. Helps to make it more systematic, rather than the haphazard way in which most of my learning probably occurs.

I’d have to say that the habit that comes easiest to me is the last one — play! What can I say, I like to play. Fun is a big motivator. As for the most challenging habit, for me it would be #2 – Accept Responsibility for Your Own Learning. For me this is challenging not because I am not interested in taking on new things to learn, but because of the necessary follow-through it entails. The point is simply that with the myriad of things I have to do, it is very easy for me put off sticking to a plan of action (regular exercise falls in this category, too!).

One thing I thought about during the presentation is that, for all its positive aspects, sometimes I also feel as though I am also engaged in a process of lifelong un-learning. Two years of intensively learning Russian? Nine years later, it’s all basically gone because I did not not keep it up. There was a time I could discuss with ease different theories of nationalism and what that meant for the contemporary world situation. Now I rack my brains to remember the basic gist of the theories and who penned them. There’s real truth to the saying “use it or lose it.” (For an interesting take on the value of lifelong unlearning, see this essay.)

Of course, these examples of un-learning are also a reflection of changing priorities in my life. Since then I’ve committed to learning lots of other things — like how to be a librarian!

Confessions of a Knowledge Nomad

February 7, 2008

Why another blog?  Well, for one, I’m participating in the Marymount College Learning 2.0 program and this is Thing 2 – set up a blog.  Beyond that, it’s a great way to communicate thoughts with colleagues.  It will be interesting to keep a blog that tracks my development in learning how to use Web 2.0 tools for professional purposes.

Why Knowledge Nomad?  Catchy, don’t you think?  Seriously, though, I like the image it evokes – someone who travels in search of knowledge. My nomadic tendencies are both physical and virtual; they take me out into the world and into myself.  Sometimes I know where I am going and what I expect to find there; other times I’m wandering and letting the magic of serendipity work its wonder.  I’m not usually a tribal nomad, but I enjoy company, too.  So, hope to see you on the way!