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

I currently work as a marketing professional at George Mason University and a graduate student in Mason’s Instructional Design and Technology program. I consider myself a lifelong learner and love growing personally and professionally. I am so intrigued by the way people think and learn, so I love to learn about instructional strategies, models, and technologies that help people learn best.

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

I use my smart phone, tablet, and laptop primarily for my learning and studies.

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

I primarily use Google, Blackboard, Wikipedia, Mason’s online research databases/libraries, blogs, Kindle, podcasts and organizing software like Slack or Mindmup. Social media channels that I use for learning include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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 do wish I had some graphic organizers and progress tracking tools for my learning. I believe that graphic organizers would help me to see the big picture of how all of my coursework fits under the realm of Instructional Design, while also allowing me to drill down into the granular view of the details of certain concepts, models, strategies, etc. I would also use a progress tracking too to ensure that I am on track with my coursework and assignments. It is easier to keep up with deadlines when I can see how close they are and how much time I should allocate for each. I try to be very organized in my work and believe that these would be helpful.

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

My ideal PLE would be neat, colorful, and comfortable. I cannot concentrate when there is much clutter, so clean and organized is important to me. Pops of color help keep my mood positive and creative juices going. It would also be comfortable, open, and relaxing so that I can better focus without stress.

Jennifer (GMU EDIT 730)

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