It’s still about being professional, being creative

Supporting a cause through professional, creative use of social networking platforms

The social network tools and platforms are everywhere. Largely they have improved, become easier to use and their reach has increased hugely e.g. facebook with > 500m users.

But making the tools really work for you continues to require professionalism and creativity.

Was privileged to see Deanna Lee of the New York Public Library present at the BlogTalk 2010 conference in Galway, Ireland last week. Deanna brought wide experience in jouranlism to her role. But the key skills were the thinking, the creativity and the professionalism of the productions and the campaigns.

Worth taking the time to watch her talk – to understand the background to what she was trying to ahcieve and then to see how she achieved her objectives. The videos referenced may also be seen on YouTube e.g. Who You Gonna Call?

University education in the age of web 2.0 and 3.0

Happiest days of my life.  Very fortunate to have attended Trinity College Dublin in the early 80’s.  Computer engineering – learning to program assembler for the Motorola 68000, learning fluid mechanics.  Friends, fun, social development, cricket, rugby, chess, campus in the city centre.  Developing wider interests.

But what opportunities there are now for everyone in terms of learning and collaboration!  No reason why an undergraduate in TCD would not be collaborating on a first year project with others located all over the world (e.g. students in other universities, people in industry).  Time and location no longer the boundaries they were in the past.

Fascinating book published on future of learning: The future of learning institutions in a digital age

The book sets out challenges for universities in terms of enabling and encouraging participatory learning.  These challenges also present fantastic opportunites for the go ahead insitutions.

Interesting to consider the content in terms of how learning and knowledge management take place in companies and organisations.  I referenced concerns of business leaders recently – much the same: missing the opportunity and failing to move to the more participatory and less hierarchical thinking.