Ellen-Boucher

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

I like to learn about how people really learn – from a cognitive perspective, as well as developmental, social, behavioral, and biological/neurological. Learning how we learn fascinates me. In particular, I’m drawn to motivation and what the various drivers are that motivate people in learning. I’m also very fascinated by the notion of “self-actualization” and what that means to people in experiences of learning. Professionally, I’m always interested in where the rubber meets the road – I’m very interested in how to bring in the light, so to speak, from the grounded, academic, research base into the production cycles of education and training development. I’m interested in how to apply what the science is showing us about learning.

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

I use an iPhone, iPAD mini, and windows/PC desktops or laptops mainly.

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

I use ebooks, digitial libraries, wikis, blogs, videos, podcasts, google, google hangouts, google scholar, google docs, and I used the MS office suite and the Adobe Creative Suite and the Adobe eLearing Suite (e.g. Captivate, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, etc.) , Camtasia, and the Articulate products as well. I use notepad a lot, also. Started using Slack and Trello this year. Let’s see…I also use social networks, Twitter and Facebook, I go to TED.com a lot (I use the TED app), Lynda.com is vital. And of course for serious games and gamification a number of gaming apps.

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?

Definitely in need of a good mind mapping tool.

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

I guess it would have access to everything I need, all my tools and resources – like a geeked-out ISD workshop with all my tools. I would also like to keep all the incredibly helpful, applicable resources and articles (Karen Gardner calls it “my brain”) in the PLE also.

Ellen Brown GMU EDIT 730

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