Week 1 Thing 2: Lifelong Learning

For Week 1, staff watched an online tutorial about lifelong learning. The tutorial contains 7 1/2 habits that successful lifelong learners exhibit.

Habit 1: Begin with the end in mind
Habit 2: Accept repsonsibiltiy for your own learning
Habit 3: View problems as challenges
Habit 4: Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner
Habit 5: Create your own learning toolbox
Habit 6: Use technology to your advantage
Habit 7: Teach/mentor others
Habit 71/2: Play

Some staff really liked the tutorial, some staff thought it was ok, and for some it was as boring as physics. And that”s ok. The point was to get everyone to try something new and help empower those who feel as though they need a classroom and a handout to learn something. Learning 2.0 is all about getting out of the classroom and breaking away from the traditional ideas of training and moving forward to learning.

For me, creating the tutorial was part of my lifelong learning experience. The tutorial was first created in an LMS called Isoph Blue which proved to be cumbersome as best. Then the tutorial was put into PowerPoint with animations and lastly narrated and turned into Flash via Articulate Presenter.

Our library is lucky in that we have been able to try these products for free in a beta testing program via WebJunction.

Now on to the week”s assignment…

The easiest habit for me is habit 7, teach and mentor others. Guess I have found the right job!

The hardest habit for me, and this may come as a shock to those who think I am so organized I have OCD, is habit 1, begin with the end in mind. I really hate to plan things. Even though I live and die by my calendar and to do list, I really like to just begin a project and see where it goes. However, as I am acquiring more and more projects, I am seeing the need to plan them out better. Hmmm maybe something else to add to my lifelong learning plate!

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About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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