Evolution of OAI’s professional learning strategies


Recognizing transitions in our unit today we had a discussion about the future of Design Circle meetings and Morning Reading Group [MRG was hosted on Ning and previously on WSU Wiki, both of which have gone away].

A major thread of the discussion took the thread of ‘what are you doing?’ by way of what are you reading and how are you capturing/ sharing it.

We produced this whiteboard

For me the discussion was a return to our previous conversation about the OAI’s web presence/strategy and my thinking about how to develop a professional learning community as part of that web strategy.  As I’m writing this, I’m also connecting to the nascent thinking I’m doing to get ready for the HASTAC P3 event in Sept.

As a result of the discussion I had a couple insights and Josh followed up with me to share his insights.  We concluded an idea to incorporate the idea of a “one minute write” into our discussions. We thought it was worth trying with this discussion.

I will shortly mail a link and invitation to the participants today to write brief comments to this post, “what was your big take away, your muddiest point, your action item, the thing that you want to ponder from today’s conversation?”

[ Comments attached to original post are replies to the prompt. Ed.]

Nils’ take aways

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1. I note what I’m not reading, for example the SoTL of the programs I’m working with
2. I’ve thought before about being more intentional about output of my reading, need to return to that
3. This connects to the OAI “blue zone” in our analysis of our web strategy
at 8/11/2010 12:00 PM

Joshua’s Take Aways

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1. I too note what I’m NOT reading, particularly in the assessment/evaluation arena.
2. Gary’s thought about rebalancing “pulse-taking” reading vs. reading for deeper learning is very apposite for me.
3. Reliable “output” to an OAI audience would depend on an agreement on a sharing venue. The only one currently working is “OAI.personnel” email, which lacks many useful capabilities. Others (e.g., Diigo group) are hit-and-miss.
Yeidel, JoshuaNo presence information at 8/11/2010 1:11 PM

Judy’s Take Aways

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I realized I am reading mainly for pulse taking and awareness of changing attitudes and approaches to ongoing issues in teaching and learning.

I have not been following change management, change agency, or related subjects and I realize that could be very helpful for my understanding of our new, re-focused role.

I got several interesting sounding names and groups to check out.

Rumph, Judy RNo presence information at 8/11/2010 2:39 PM

Lorena’s takeaways:

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1. Main takeaway – more things to read; the gap between what we read and how and to whom we output it (with our thoughts about it)
2. Muddiest point – what’s the POD? ; >
3. Action item – create a personal landing page for all my social sharing sites to see how it works;
4. Ponder point – Gary’s point about pulse-taking vs reading for deeper exploration and integration. I need to do less pulse-taking…also think about mechanics & philosophies of sharing meaningfully
at 8/11/2010 2:44 PM

Peg’s Takeaways

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1.big take away – how do I do a better job of sharing what I am reading
2.muddiest point – are we trying to focus or direct more what people read?
3. action item – earn to use tags more effectively
4. the thing that you want to ponder – it is interesting that the more technical staff reads about assessment, teaching and learning but the non technical staff do not generally read technical materials.
at 8/12/2010 12:54 PM

Kimberly Gets Candid

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Individuals in the unit are reading and thinking about an impressive array of current literature, spread across many discplines, areas, sources, media & mode.  Very stimulating.  An an individual, seeing array made me want to read a lot more.

At the same time, that array of reading lacks systematic sharing and analysis.  Where are our collective knowledge, skills, and attitudes strong, and where are there gaps?  Are people reading to address areas of weakness?  What does our unit need to learn more about?  How are we connecting theory and practice, as a unit?  Also, the internet makes it easier than ever to fall into confirmation bias; to what extent is that impacting all of us?

at 8/12/2010 2:28 PM

Jayme’s takeaways

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1. Big takeaway: the group has extremely heterogeneous reading styles and interests.
2. Muddiest point: are we aiming for more homogeneity?
3. Action item: make a systematic effort to share what I’m reading (though this depends on the muddiest point).
4. Ponder point: I realized that when Gary talked about taking the pulse that I do this by keeping track of what others are doing (via Diigo, alerts, etc.) and then dive it when I’m interested.  I would like to be able to leverage others’ readings so that we cover more ground.  Would also like to see the workshop with Melynda Huskey happen since we would probably get multiple books worth of insight about change management.
at 8/12/2010 4:37 PM

Diigo Group as a summary

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Awhile ago I added the RSS of our CTLT&Friends group to the sidebar of CommunityLearning blog. It looks pretty good alongside my P3 conferencing planning, which makes me think we are Diigoing some good stuff
Peterson, NilsNo presence information at 8/16/2010 1:57 PM
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