Blogs as learning tools
Rosetta Thurman at Perspectives From the Pipeline, a blog focused on nonprofit leadership from a young leaderâ€™s perspective, has a great essay up on her blog about using blogs as low-cost learning tools. Itâ€™s a nice take on the value of blogs, since I think a lot us tend to default to thinking of blogs as communication vehicles even as we use them as learning tools ourselves.
She has a lot to say, but I particularly like her ideas for using blogs as a group professional development tool within a nonprofit organization. She suggests starting by distributing a list of blogs for staff to read, perhaps as a hyperlinked Word document (I would add that giving staff instructions on how to set up a feed reader like Bloglines or Google Reader would also work well). She also suggests scheduling regular half-hour â€œknowledge jam sessionsâ€ for discussion of what staff learned from blogs in the past week.
Michele Martin just happens to be posting on a related topic in her blog: how to help staff at your organization create their own personal learning environments. Michele has a bunch of great ideas on how to nurture a culture of learning and on the many tools staff can use to become self-directed learners.
Lots of good stuffâ€”especially as professional development becomes more and more important to professional staffers.