Information literacy is a human right, according to the Australian Library and Information Association. I found this incredibly moving and inspirational fact out while researching a presentation on lifelong learning.
It is obvious to me that information literacy underpins lifelong learning — and that digital literacy skills are essential to both.
One of the learners at a session I gave yesterday asked me “Where do you find the time to learn?”
I replied what I always reply to this: Learning and professional development are not selfish acts. As a professional, you have a responsibility to your organisation and the people whom you serve (clients of Family Dispute Resolution services in this person’s case) to progress your knowledge of not only your field of study, but the environment in which you and your clients/students live and work and the technologies that are shaping our society.
I am fortunate to work for an organisation that actually makes it a KPI of my job description that I progress my learning and are happy for me to block time out each week on company time to do so.
There is an old chestnut that holds true: To any manager or business owner that asks “What if I train my staff and they leave?” the best reply is “What if your staff remain untrained and ignorant and they STAY?”
My presentation is embedded below. To view it full screen, click on the arrow facing right/play button, wait for it to load and then hover over the word ‘More’.
I wish I could add something pithy to this – but when someone makes the point so very, very well – all you can do is point others to it.
Being me and unable to NOT state an opinion, I will preface this link as follows:
As an online student who had to sit through hours of crappy video of somebody lecturing in front of a white board I can’t see clearly – lemme tell you something: watching video lectures is BORING AS HELL. It added little to the learning experience – especially considering there was no assignment following it that allowed me to apply the knowledge.
NOTE TO SELF AND OTHER PRESENTERS: Unless you can juggle or do magic tricks like Jonathan Finkelstein, or you create instructive works of art as you talk like Nancy White – YOU JUST AREN’T THAT EXCITING TO WATCH
Thanks to Kerrie Smith, writer of You are Never Alone http://smik.posterous.com/
for bringing Mark Smithers’ post to my attention via her daily Twitter roundup!
The countdown is on to South Australia’s EDayz and I’ve been working up the in-world sessions for the people coming to my Second Life sessions
On Wednesday night, we’re going to do a nuts and bolts session on the basics — how to walk, talk, teleport and interact with objects.
That’s taking place at the learning loft I’ve built on my Plot 13 sim.
To get there:
Keep your web browser open to this post.
Open Second Life and connect/log in.
Return to this blog post in your still-open browser and click on this link: Plot13 Jokaydia
It will open up a web page.
Click on the orange “Teleport Now” button (see image above).
Go back to Second Life — a teleport window should have opened.
Click on the Teleport link (circled in red at left).
Having problems with the SLURL?
Check that you’re logged into Second Life and have fully connected.
If you’re still having problems, you can contact my avatar in Second Life and send an instant message.
My avatar’s name is Pandora Kurrajong.
To send me an instant message:
- Go to the edit menu in Second Life
- Click on Search
- Type my avatar’s name into the search: Pandora Kurrajong
- View my Profile
- Click on the “Send Instant Message” button
- Type a message indicating that you’re having problems
- Click send
I’ll send you a Teleport to where I am. This will pop up in the top right hand corner of your screen.