Tuesday, April 1

#2 (WEEK 1) Lifelong Learning Habits

It makes sense that before we embark on this online learning and discovery journey that we review a few habits that can assist in creating lifelong learners. These habits, called the Seven and 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners, will provide you with a refresher on what it means to be a lifelong learner. The Seven and ½ Habits tutorial is a great introduction to Helene Blowers, the person who put together the very first “23 Things.” [Please note that at the end, where she invited her staff to submit their comments and questions to the We Value Your Opinion! link, DO NOT use that link. Instead, post your comments here on the Tassie Toolbox blog post.

Discovery Exercise:
1. Make sure you have headphones or speakers attached to your computer.
2. Open up the 7 & 1/2 Habits online tutorial and view it. The tutorial was developed by the training specialists at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
3. As you watch and listen, think about which habit among the 7 & 1/2 that is easiest for you and which is hardest. You will use your personal blog (which you will set up next) to post your thoughts about lifelong learning. Have fun! If you haven't jumped on board yet, it's never too late to become a lifelong learner. This is a great time to create a “learning contract” for yourself.

Next week: Creating your blog so you can begin tracking your journey.


Jaqson said...

I like this resource and I think many Polytechnic teachers could combine the use of this resource into their online courses - as a part of the student induction and 'getting ready to learn' process. I also see the application of it in team meetings so everyone can get on the same page, after all Life Long learning forms apart of our organisational values and goals.

meintassie1 said...

This is a perfect resource for our "Intermediate Learning Strategies" module in the Cert. 3 of Spoken & Written English. Learners need to develop a learning plan - so working through the resource and completing the learner contract would be an ideal activity.

iris said...

Some of the areas of my life that have been new opportunities for learning have involved friends who are already engaging in that particular field that I find myself interested in. So I would agree that the role of mentor would be useful for students especially in the adult learning environment that I work in.
Learning has always had to be "purposeful" for me and I try to encourage others to "set themselves up for success". I liked the idea of a learning toolbox. I have personally used a learning contract with students in the past and I would agree that this is a great motivator as it gives a person something tangable and achievable.

stfdifino said...

An important point was made that Web 2.0 technologies are ones that young people (our clients) are flocking to in droves. Whilst I might be past the Facebook and Myspace stage, I believe that things such as Flickr and blogs could be of interest to me. However, I need to learn about the things that don't interest me personally too, so I know what the kids are talking about!

Jules said...

Week 2 thing #2 my biggest challenge from 7 1/2 life long learning habits will be accepting responsibility to participate in every week of this opportunity. This will be made easier as I have set myself a goal to do it! I managed to achieve week 1 thing #1 by making my first post! I even managed to attach a photo to my blog even though I also created an avatar. its slowly starting to gel

Kate said...

I found the examples of Lifelong Learners to be particularly good. I'm sure that many students could look at this and say "hey... I do that ... that's me". For some, it might be a revelation to discover that they are lifelong learners and provide the encouragement needed to continue the journey.