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

My name is Josh Jenkins! Academically I enjoy learning about what trends exist in the real world as it relates to instructional design and the practical application of ID tools, theories, and models.

Professionally and personally- I like to learn about soft skills that can lead to my professional development. Such as how to lead, manage, influence, motivate, and sell. I am interested rags to riches stories, athlete successes, and to see how companies start and grow, but most importantly what they did along the way that made them successful. What was his/her “it” factor.

As well as anything that can make me more efficient.

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

Majority of my “learning” is done on my laptop (macbook pro 2016) but I do quite a bit on my phone (iPhone Xr).

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

Search Engine – Google. Made it my default browser in 2010(ish) and have used every since
Web Browser – Google Chrome. Most comfortable with chrome
iPhone Browser – Safari or Chrome. No real rhyme or reason
Social Networks – LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. Rarely use twitter
SharePoint – use for class and work, occasionally Google Docs
PowerPoint – use for all presentations, work and school
eBooks – audible, use quite frequently
Podcasts – Apple Podcasts or Spotify
Waste a lot of time on youtube learning and watching videos.
Use Udemy and LinkedIn learning as well

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 like Lucid, pay for subscription.
I downloaded some bootleg version of Camtasia that I use frequently, don’t want to pay for the latest version but should.
Project management software would be great
Interested in Captivate (most of the adobe suite) and Articulate

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

Some way to tie all the tools and technologies together in a collaborative platform would be great.

A place where I can track my progress in both completing goals and completing projects- that can easily be shared with others for feedback or direction.

I like to learn initially in a live setting, then provided resources to continue to develop my skills and learn more, with support and collaboration. Hopefully that answers the question!

Josh Jenkins

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