In this week’s PKM chat we will be discussing where the concepts of #PKM & #WOL may or may not intersect. It’s the third part of a three part series deep diving into how we think about and use these concepts. You can catch up on weeks one and two here and here.
This week’s framing post is a joint effort between Gail Radeki of Raft Learning and Kate Pinner of Rustic Learning. We have spent some time thinking about both of these concepts and what they mean to us. This is what led us to co-host this next chat as a way to help ourselves and others explain and use both concepts.
I became interested in how #PKM (Harold Jarche style) would fit into #WOL (John Stepper Style) when I noticed my Work Out Loud Circle get a little lost when it came to finding/making contributions. I also noticed that the group would get overwhelmed with how to deal with all the information coming at them from the various social media channels. This is where I thought #PKM could help them as it really teaches you how to seek, make sense of and share the information coming at you. However, I am still unclear how to connect them and when you might use one method over the other – or do they just go hand in hand?
I have done some “noodling” on the topic with my network (background post here and here) and so far this is what we have thought about:
They key for me is figuring out at when I am using the #WOL process to achieve a goal at what point is it helpful to insert the PKM process to help you manage/make sense of the information that is coming at you.
I’m really looking forward to what comes out of this discussion and hopefully it gets me one more step closer in bringing these concepts into my organization.
I come at this discussion from a completely different place. I just plugged into this community in April 2015, after attending a conference where talks by Julian Stodd, Jane Bozarth, and others completely changed my life. That sounds dramatic, but it kind of was. I had just taken on a stand-alone position on the Education team at my organization and discovered that there wasn’t anyone to talk to about my job, what I was learning, what I needed to learn, even about the tools I used (or needed to use).
After the conference a whole world, literally, opened up to me through Twitter chats. Terms I’d never heard before sent me to Google over and over, and the two that stood out to me as most relevant to me on a daily basis were #PKM and #WOL. I started reading blogs and following proponents of variations of both of these concepts, I’ve started John Stepper’s book (but haven’t finished it), bought Jane Bozarth’s book (but haven’t started it yet), and I’ve done a lot of “research” and done A LOT of information hoarding. What I found was that I hit the ground running, didn’t make a plan of any kind, and really didn’t have a way to make sense of it all. Unpacking terms and really thinking about how these concepts fit into both my personal and work lives has been immensely helpful.
Kate and I have talked about the fact that these chats have been a completely selfish attempt to fix our own problems, but I think everyone needs to step back now and then and revisit the basics. We can get so caught up in the details that we forget what we’re actually talking about sometimes. I’m going to copy and paste Kate’s synopsis from above, because I think it at least begins to answer the questions she and I asked that started this journey a few weeks ago:
PKMChat being about Personal Knowledge Management encompass Knowledge lifecycle in general. Our first chat was about learning, acquiring Knowledge. Our second is about sharing it. Week after weeks we will switch from one end of the lifecycle to another while exploring all the channels that could be used: social, formal, writing, videos. Feel free to suggest topics by tweeting to @pkmchat.
Links on Diigo #PKMChat group with TBC tag https://groups.diigo.com/group/pkmchat/content/tag/TBC TBC