02 – Lifelong Learning

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Learn about the seven and a half habits of highly effective lifelong learners and write some goals.

We start this new online learning and discovery journey with a few minutes to review a few habits that can assist in creating lifelong learners.

These habits, which we’ve 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 following video, created by Lori Reed of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, is our exercise for the week.

To Complete Task Two:

  1. Make sure you have either headphones or speakers attached to your computer, and that the sound is turned out.
  2. Open up the 7 & 1/2 Habits online tutorial and view it. If the pace of the voice is so slow that it stops you from learning, then just use the arrows to click through and read the slides. If left, it runs for about 15 minutes.
  3. As you watch and listen, write down 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 week) to post your thoughts about lifelong learning.
  4. What do you personally want to achieve with the 10 Things? What are your goals? What do you need in your toolkit to achieve these? You may want to use the Matrix found below for this – we’ll be going through responses to it in the workshop. You will also revisit these goals at the end of the 10 Things.
  5. Come to the first workshop

MY LEARNING TOOL MATRIX

HABIT
OUR QUESTION
YOUR RESPONSE
Habit 1:
Begin with the end in mind
At the end of the 23 things program, what do you most want to achieve?
What are your goals?
Habit 2:
Accept responsibility for your own learning
Why do you want to be involved in the 10 things program?
Habit 3: View problems as challenges What are the potential challenges you see yourself facing whilst undertaking the program?
Habit 4:
Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner

Reflect on your own learning – Which habit is the easiest and which is hardest for you?
Habit 5:
Create your own learning toolbox
What websites could you refer to if you need help with any of the 10 Things?
Habit 6:
Use technology to your advantage
What technologies do you use in your everyday life?
Habit 7:
Teach/mentor others
What could you show someone how to do? For example send a meeting request in Outlook, view as RSS feed, edit a picture in Photoshop.
Habit 7:
½: Play
Take one ‘thing’ from the 10 Things program and surf the net about it. Did you discover anything new?
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