Who are you, and what do you like to learn about? (academically, professionally, and/or personally)

I am a 50+ year old mother, daughter, and corporate learning professional. I enjoy learning new things about learning technologies and new ways to influence and help adults learn. Personally, I enjoy learning about myself and the things that make me happy. I’ve put work and family ahead of my own needs and I am learning how to take care of my emotional and physical health.

What hardware do you use to learn? (Eg. smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop)

I use a tablet, laptop and television. I love a good documentary. 🙂

What software do you use to learn? (Eg. search engines, mobile apps, social networks, eBooks, digital libraries, wikis, blogs, videos, podcasts)

Google Search, e-Learning Guild, Articulate eLearning Heroes (website), Coursea, Educause, ATD, Personalysis, International Coaching Federation, Stuff You Should Know (podcast), PBS,NPR Radio

What digital tools do you wish you had access to for learning? (Eg. any graphic organizers, mind-mapping tools, resource management tools, progress tracking tools, design tools, etc.) Why?

I don’t own an Apple Watch or any formal VR googles or headset. I am not sure if this hardware would increase my learning. A learning experience platform, like Pathgather, would be helpful. I could build a learning path for myself and others to contribute learning. There are also gatherings in which people can share reflects and collaborate. The challenge is finding expert resources and have a tool that can filter out things that are not important. You mentioned a progress tracking tool and I need that to keep me motivated and on track but not feeling guilty or overwhelmed.

What might your ideal Personal Learning Environment (PLE) look like?

It needs to be personalized and adaptive. The PLE should change as I change. It needs to aggregate content and filter our ads and options that don’t meet my learning needs. It should contain a content management system so that I can retrieve an article that a found and liked 5 years ago. Searching must be simple. It must send notifications to reminder me to perform certain learning activities. It can’t have multiple options like Google Classroom or Blackboard — I feel these systems are tool complicated. I also want it to present one topic. It should help me focus, as opposed to offering multiple thing to do. I believe this would help me to relax and retain the information.

Alice Jefferson

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