This is my 101st post to the Learning Journal blog. A milestone of sorts.
I started blogging as an experiment in web 2.0 technology, and now see my blog posts as something of a professional calling card. But above all, blogging has been a tremendous learning activity for me.
One exciting aspect about posting some of my ruminations online is that I have received feedback and responses from all over the world. Readers have been generous enough to send me links to additional materials and to provide comments that have pushed my thinking in new directions. While I have colleagues who often act as sounding boards and co-creators of knowledge, it is energizing to have input from others outside that circle. Thank you for commenting!
Even if no one ever commented, or if I chose to journal more privately, the act of putting my thoughts in writing has proven to be an invaluable exercise. I can’t tell you how many times I started a post with one idea that I wanted to share, but wound up some place completely different. Writing forces me to think more deeply and crystallizes my thoughts about a topic. Having those thoughts captured has proven to be important, as I have often gone back to review my own posts when the subject came up again. Better still, occasional forays into my archives has reminded me of ideas that need to be taken further.
I have been especially glad to have taken the time to write so much about Learning Environment Design. This approach to thinking about learning strategy has become more and more important to me as I help learning leaders address needs in their organizations and help learning professionals think about how we best support learning in this fast-paced, hyperconnected world. I’ve recently organized my posts on the subject on the Learning Environment Design page, and I think I’m ready to “write the book” on the subject. Readers’ and students’ reactions to these ideas have been both encouraging and constructively critical – and I am grateful for the input.
101 posts is no doubt few in the overall scheme of things…. I know many of you have far more than that in your own archives. But since WordPress was so kind to announce my post count, I thought I would just take a moment to reflect.
“How can I know what I think until I see what I say?”
– E.M. Forster
No truer words ever spoken. Thank you for following me. I hope my reflections help you move your practice forward in some way.