I have been meaning to blog for a while but it seems to fall to the back of the list of things to do – I need inspiration and then the ‘Digital things for Learning Developers’ came along and I decided this was the excuse I needed to get back on track with my blogging. Why not re-start my blog after a couple of years and engage in some cpd too. Perfect timing!
So here I am… And here are my responses to this week’s task for #LD5D
Key Skills – Setting up the blog – this was not a problem as I already had a word-press blog – it just meant dusting it off and re-acquainting myself with the blog.
Profession-specific – I have blogged in the past so did not have any real reservations or concerns. For me blogs are more of a professional tool. I do find usernames tricky – and spend ages trying to find something that works only to find it is already in use. I read recently that you should focus on the posts rather than the name and I suppose my procrastination in finding a name for a blog has distracted me in the past from writing any posts. At the moment it is really simple yet dull – I suppose I may get inspiration one day!
Evaluation: I think this is still a work in progress – I do think I can spend so long writing a post (does it look write/convey what I want to say etc.) and then not publish it – so I suppose there is some nervousness around that. Having said that this post is pretty much a stream of ramblings… I can see how a bit of a personal touch can invite interaction and engagement but I also think that with tools like this you also need to be visible (regular posts etc.) to ensure that people engage with you.
: I link my Twitter feed to the blog and vice-versa. With regards to separating personal and professional identities, I tend to use Facebook for personal things, keeping in touch with family and friends. Whereas the blog is more for my professional thoughts etc. A couple of years ago I participated in a webinar on this area and blogged about it
– not much has changed since then.
Whilst I am confident with online technologies I find opportunities like #LD5D great for reflecting and re-considering my use of things. It is also great to get inspiration from colleagues within the learning development sphere. So hopefully this is my first post of many…
Over the next few weeks I am taking part in an online course run by SEDA – ‘Developing the Developer.’ The first weeks activities have included general introductions and more focused discussions about planning an ‘event’. The sessions have got me thinking about how I go about planning – I love planning – have lots of ideas get inspired but then the reality of putting it all together sets in and I can get carried away! 🙂
The Seda session got us thinking about the different stages involved in the planning process and enabled me to reflect on what I have done previously when organising conferences, workshops, seminars, presentations etc. It also re-enforced the linkage between planning, implementing and evaluating when considering ideas for future events.
What was interesting was the discussions about the different levels of purpose for each event and how you can evaluate these outcomes. The core course book recommended that we should consider the different levels of purpose including:
- Stimulate/ re-energise staff
- Learn new information about teaching and learning
- Change behaviors/ attitudes towards teaching and learning (Long-term goal)
- Make an impact on the organisation/ student learning over time (Long-term goal)
These different purposes got me thinking a) whether they are always relevant but also b) how do we go about capturing whether or not the objectives have been met? With the longer term goals what sort of study/ survey etc. would capture this?
Another area that I got thinking about from looking at the literature was how we promote the events and make it relevant/ accessible to potential participants. With lots of exciting projects in the pipeline this is an area I need to give more thought to over the next few weeks. So day 1 of the course has been very insightful and inspiring – lots to think about and more questions to be considered over the next few weeks.