This blog is a public place for me to think out loud and document my learning journey. I started it in January 2013 while participating in the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC (#edcmooc). Blogging has helped me reflect on what I am learning as well as have a dialogue with members of my personal learning network. My hope is that it becomes a repository of resources that I can refer back to in the future (in the spirit of Jack Vinson’s post about why he blogs).
Why Gather with Purpose?
Disclaimer: All of the thoughts, opinions and ideas in this blog are my own and do not represent the MS Learning and Organizational Change program or Northwestern University.
Find Me Online
I completed the MS in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University in December 2011 and am now the Community Strategist / Assistant Director of Academic Services for the MSLOC Program. This means I get to have fun exploring hybrid/social learning, instructional design, social media and various instructional technologies with a vibrant community of students, faculty, alumni and other learning and organizational change practitioners. I work with faculty and students to co-create a hybrid / blended learning environment that supports the desired learning goals and creates a strong community, both virtually and face-to-face. Learn more about my work.
As a student my focus was on knowledge management / social learning. I am particularly interested in ways that individuals and organizations can use social learning/collaboration platforms to facilitate knowledge sharing and create communities of inquiry. In the summer of 2012, my colleague Jeff Merrell and I implemented an MSLOC online learning community called The Hive using Jive Software‘s enterprise social network cloud product. Learn more about our online social learning community.
I enjoy connecting with other social learning, knowledge management, enterprise social network and community enthusiasts so you can find me in The Community Roundtable community as well as the Jive Software Learning Group and Chicago User Group.
Prior to having children and starting graduate school, I worked in sales and customer service for software companies serving higher education customers (higher education administrative software and academic and research library software). I consider myself a technology translator who sits between the techies and the end-user and between the early adopters and the tech averse. Mostly this means that I click around a lot until I figure stuff out and make sure to stay in touch with my friends and colleagues who are tech early adopters.
My most important job is being the mom of two wonderful young boys who keep me very busy. Since having children I have mixed it up on the professional front; I have stayed at home with my children, worked full-time, worked for myself, worked part-time while going to graduate school and am now back to working full-time.
I believe strongly that parents need to find the path that works best for themselves and their family and that we all need to support each other in our own choices about work and family. I help facilitate an MSLOC community of practice called Work. Life. Well-Being. — find us on Twitter at #MSLOCLiveWell. My MSLOC Capstone research focused on work-life integration. In particular, I compared job satisfaction, work-life balance satisfaction and family satisfaction levels between part-time working mothers and full-time working mothers.