Thursday, February 22, 2007

Blogging - a maze in learning

For ages I've been meaning to write about how the blogoshpere (sorry, it would appear my fingers have been drinking) is conducive to the best learning I've experienced in years. In particular, I've benefited from setting up my own Google homepage and following the thinking of people that have impressed me when I read their work.

This followed a call to action by a colleague seeking blogs he could add to his Google homepage. I've since added a handful of other tabs and this has meant that for me the act of firing up my web browser has become an act of learning. Which is what I like.

A great example of how this offers itself as a great method for learning can be seen in this exchange:
Clive Shepherd, English e-learning figure of note, wrote in his blog about a seminar he attended with a neuroscientist called Dr Itiel Dror, of Southampton University. I'm all for listen to the experts on matters of the brain, for as I have said in earlier posts, all too often the L&D industry/media seems to rely on pat received wisdom (to the ire of people like Will Thalheimer). The entry is interesting, but did seem to have one or two things in it that I wasn't sure about.

This was picked up by Steven Downes, pre-eminent e-learning blogger from Canada, and dissected in a fairly visceral fashion. Downes really knows his stuff, or at least gives the impression of knowing it, and the result was, for me as a learner, a better understanding of the relaionship of the brain to learning, and more importantly, the relationship of both to me as a learning designer.

But here's the real Learning Rocks moment: Clive picked up on this and whacked it on his blog. So it shows that he is engaging with the critique, he'll have learnt something from it; his readers (like me) will have gotten something out of it; arguably Steven will have gained something from engaging with it. So we have a triple win here.

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