Hey co-learners, I spent too much time perfecting my vlog and nobody has commented on it http://youtu.be/LmySEW1XK78 So I thought I would produce a transcript. Here are my goals for cultivating and harvesting social capital from my personal learning network:
This class has encouraged me to see the value of sharing. Before this class, I was very reserved and OCD about everything I posted on my Facebook and the Internet. But now after understanding more about the value of contributing to the architecture of participation, I’m much more open to taking it in. Also, the tools from mindfulness and metacognition have helped me become a more adept user of social media. For example, this quarter, I haven’t used the Self-Control app at all and that is really impressive for me. And the fact that I’m posting this video YouTube means that I’ve let down some of my guards about sharing and now I’m much more open to connecting with people in my network.
2) Be open to new Internet tools
Before this class, I was really hesitant about trying out new apps because I didn’t want to be sucked in to another product. But this class has taught me ways to cultivate good Internet habits. Throughout the quarter, I’ve enjoyed trying out new tools like Netvibes and Diigo and I have to say that Diigo is still a very useful tool in my life. Additionally, when a co-learner shared a new app, I was always eager to try it out, like when Molly Bullock shared Jelly and Alex shared Secret, I downloaded the app and tested it out. I also want to start reviewing useful Internet tools on my scoop.it, which brings me to my next goal which is curation.
Throughout this quarter, you guys have heard me talk on and on about my senior thesis, which explores the political impact of social media in Vietnam. I hope to continue to curate on these interests for my network, such as continuing to post to my Scoop.it.
I also hope to use curation for personal interests. I want to keep using my blog and sync it with the other platforms we have used in class. One interest that I hope to curate on is traveling. I have a lot of photos and stories from my travels but I don’t like putting too many of them up on Facebook, so I plan to use my blog, where I will have more control, to post pictures, stories, and traveling recommendations about where to eat and what to do. I also hope to curate on topics like frugal traveling, such as how to choose a good hostel, or how to make new friends when you’re traveling alone. The deadline I’ve set for myself is that after this class ends, I want to start re-designing my blog.
I hope that by sharing and curating, it will allow me to connect with others. So returning to my thesis again, the process of investigating social media in Vietnam has led me to connect with various experts from NGO practitioners in Vietnam to State Department officials in the US, to scholars studying Vietnam. Through this process of connecting with these professionals using email, Facebook, and LinkedIn, I’ve gotten data for my thesis, as well as explore professional interests about possible paths after graduation. So through this process of sharing, curating, connecting, I will continue to explore professional interests and I hope that will lead to a job. I’m going to start my job search more seriously this summer and I plan to link my blog to my LinkedIn profile so that others can see me beyond the standard profile and they can look at my curation on professional and personal topics of interests. I don’t want to separate those two because I think that’s when I really thrive when my personal and professional interests intertwine and I would appreciate an employer who can see that.
That is my plan for sharing, being open to new internet tools, curating, and connecting. Please let me know if you guys have any comments. Thanks so much to the co-learning community for a great quarter! And to our esteemed instructor, Howard Rheingold, for introducing us to many wonderful tools!!!