Me as a learner continued…


A really beautiful version of In the Tap Room. Time to get busy learning!

The tap room, reel / Joe Ryan, fiddle



Video shared from YouTube. Video posted by ITMA Videos


Other NGL course participants


I’ve enjoyed viewing the blogs of other members of the Networked and Global learning course and learning about the diverse education backgrounds and selected learning tasks of participants.


I would like to provide links to two of these blogs in particular. The first of which is Insights.

The author of this blog is, like me, working in a non-traditional teaching role at USQ. I look forward to learning more about this author’s insights on NGL and how it can be adapted to this environment. I hope we can also share some resources on NGL as we move through the course.


The second blog I would like to link to is: Future Learning Musings

I am enjoying the interesting writing style of this blogger and pop culture references 🙂 Very entertaining. This blogger is working as a teacher in a learning environment very different to mine, as a Primary School Teacher. I am interested in broadening my understanding of the application of NGL in the school environment. Look forward to keeping an eye on this blog over the next few months.

Personal Knowledge Management – How do I do it?


I have tried to map out my PKM routine in the table below. In general, the tools listed are those which I have already used in my studies, with the addition of tools such as Diigo, Mendeley and Feedly which I have only just started using thanks to this course.  The ‘Share’ component of the table is an area which I have little experience with. The tools listed here are more so the ones which I would ‘like’ to use, rather than what I am currently using.  I feel that I do not yet have all the knowledge and skills to use some of the listed tools such as diigo, mendeley, twitter, for the purposes of sharing my learning with others. But I am confident that as undertake further research, view how other members of this course are using these applications, and start having a go myself, I will be able to comfortably and effectively use NGL tools.

I also hope to add more actions, strategies and tools as I broaden my understanding of NGL over the coming months.


Jarche, Harold. (2011). PKM – Personal Knowledge Mastery. Retrieved from

Personal Knowledge Management Actions/Critical Thinking Tools/Strategies
SEEK Research

Gathering Evidence

Analytical Thinking

Organising sources and notes

Identifying gaps

Speed reading

Google Search

Google Scholar

Online Libraries and Books


Hard Copy notes and readings

Study Desk




Follow the posts of other course participants

SENSE Note taking

Mind mapping

Talking with others


Considering options


Formulating arguments

Writing and reviewing

Word docs and electronic note pad




Follow the posts of other course participants

SHARE Talking with others

Posting online

Sharing notes and references


Study desk





Musings about Systems


How are most formal learning experiences designed? Using the chaotic, ordered, or complex systems approach?

Most learning experiences I have seen, especially in my context, tend towards the ordered approach – with a focus on set key objectives and then developing and monitoring progress against milestones to achieve results.

Which do you think is underpinning the design of this course? Which do you think is more appropriate to network learning?

I see a push towards the complex systems approach in this course, as it allows for flexibility and broader scope and opportunity with learning. I see this type of learning as more appropriate given there is an overabundance of knowledge available to people these days. We can’t possibly filter or control this however, we can guide successful learning in this context by encouraging good behaviours and discouraging less favourable practices/activities (e.g. using sources of knowledge that aren’t credible) and setting some boundaries to keep learners on tract and focused.

What about with respect to network learning in the context you’ve chosen to focus upon in your role “as teacher” for this course?

While the ordered approach seems to be more favoured in my context, I would like to see something more flexible instituted. For instance, when training staff on how to undertake new practices, we have traditionally provided them will a step by step approach on how to do it (ordered). Perhaps we could try more of a complex systems approach and instead make sure staff are aware of their legal obligations (boundaries) and up-skill them in research, critical thinking and decision making. Then staff will be adequately equipped to search online and collaborate with others across the world (through social networking) to develop new and better approaches to undertake these practices. My role then would be to monitor my student’s research and decision making and to make sure they are on the right track and not participating in bad practices. My role as a teacher then moves from the traditional idea of ‘having all the knowledge’ to supporting others to find their own answers.