After writing my last two, job-centric posts (you’ll find I’m a double-dipper whenever possible), I was reflecting my other, more personal learning goals for myself for this class: To make time to hone my own skills and habits in writing about my ideas and experiences, to better contribute to the larger field- to embrace the sharing aspects of my digital citizenship. I knew public writing would be a major part of this course and for that I am glad to be challenged.
My career revolves around learning new things in order to teach others. Don’t get me wrong, I am genuinely excited to learn these many tools and concepts I would not have sought out myself. I mean, who wouldn’t be excited to learn what the new wysiwyg editor looks like when we upgrade Blackboard? I do get engulfed in the search for the right, clear guidance to provide. I want to personalize the training and resources for my people’s immediate needs. They trust me for that. But this constant search for the answer to the most pressing need leaves me pushing my own interests to the end of the list.
One example of regret I have pertaining to this learning goal, is that in the last 2 years I have been collaborating, planning, designing, executing and piloting digital badge systems for faculty for professional development. I have presented locally and nationally on the topic and experiences. I have many artifacts and templates shared out. I was recently interviewed by a national expert for their presentation at a conference because I am one of the only people who have real experience and data with actual implementation for faculty. What I don’t have, that would have been most valuable at this point, is a written record or journal of my trials and tribulations, of my curated resources and analysis of other systems I was learning from. I didn’t have time for that, and I wish I would have.
I have found it hard to make sense of how to frame a blog to be interesting and focused at the same time, what pieces of my knowledge are most valuable to share and who is the audience? What if what I focus on becomes irrelevant? I am hoping to finally figure out how to move forward with something more tangible for my own contributions, and get past worrying about how big or small the final product would need to be. That, or finally figure out that’s not exactly possible the way I imagine it to be.
Examples I’ve seen of who is doing this in ways I like to see: