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

I am Wendy Zajack. I am a Faculty Director at Georgetown University where I lead two Masters’s programs — one in Integrated Marketing Communications and one in Design Management Communications. I love to follow trends in marketing and communications, global communications, trends in education — especially new technology tools –and anything related to authentic, interesting travel and food experiences.

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

I usually use my laptop and a smart phone (both Apples)

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

I am extremely active on social media (Linked in and Twitter for learning & work; Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for fun). I read a lot (both online and offline) and listen to podcasts when walking.

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 would love a professional subscription to Miro — I think such a great tool for mind mapping and I would love to learn more about the Adobe Creative Suite. I am also interested in tools that support/encourage collaboration (like Slack). I am also looking for a video conferencing tool (like Zoom) that would make class interactions more natural (think Zoom rooms but even easier to navigate) with more fluidity.

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

It would be highly interactive and could deliver personalized curated content. It could show me content that I would be interested in — but it would be categorized so I could look at right away or perhaps ‘file’ it away to look at later. I would love my PLE to learn my preferences — in terms of the types of sources I tend to like – as well as my preferred formats. I would also love to be able to flag to my PLE topics that I would be interested in following and learning more about. I would like my PLE to be both a repository and organizer for content but also helping me to find and integrate new content and ideas and helping me to connect the dots (when needed).

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