explorations of a wanna-be difference-maker in nursing education and life in general

Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?

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If my first paragraph frightens you, please persevere. Balance of mind returns in the second paragraph.

I took a moment to edit my twitter profile and “exposed myself”! to a different community. With the inclusion of “nursing educator”, within hours I had a request to be followed by the competition.  (social media espionage???)  Now I’m wondering why do they care about me and what I’m saying or reading?  This is not a person but a marketing machine that wants to follow me.  They have a vested business interest in knowing me?  How many follow me= Judy KJ’s social capital?!  How does the sum of one nursing program’s faculty’s followers compare to the others?  I sound like a conspiracy theorist, I’m sure, but I’m a little freaked out after George Siemans‘ presentation.  Just when I think I’m regaining some equilibrium in EC&I831, some other novel and/or challenging idea knocks me off balance again.  If we’re delivered information and product advertising and follower requests based on how we’ve been profiled in our cyberspace travel, how else is this information being used?  If I have the feeling I’m being watched, is this illusion or paranoia?  Am I being me-watched as I SWIM -(sense-make and way-find ) and recreate on the beach???  Is anyone else feeling vulnerable and exposed?  Suspicious of motives?

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I was feeling pretty pleased with myself for making collaboration with workplace  colleagues possible by building a meeting agenda in a googledoc and creating a dropbox folder for clinical course resources this week, only to be received with thinly veiled hostility because, “in the past, we’ve always used the groups folder on the course page and I don’t have time to learn how to do this.”  The collaborative feature was completely overlooked or downplayed, I’m not sure which.   Now, I have empathy for this position, as this was me a year ago, so I graciously offered to, for now, place the resources into the folder on the course page.  Diffusion of innovation theory, help me out here.  My colleague is now in the knowledge or awareness stage.  By virtue of being on a planning committee with me, an early or late adopter, I’m not sure which, she’s in my peer network, exposed to this innovation in collaborative writing.  RE: complexity, compatibility and trial-ability: however simple or user-friendly this particular innovation is, it was not seen to be consistent with socio-cultural values, and in spite of being immediately trial-able for one meeting, this individual was a non-adopter, for now.  As other peers uptake use and extol associated virtues, this peer may be swept up in a critical mass of useage.  Until then, she will assess me with suspicion…?  Is anyone else getting strange looks and reactions as you integrate new ways of doing into your way of being?

Speaking of way finding, and on a much less paranoid note, I found my way to paper.li and I love it.  I LOVE how it organizes just like the newspapers I’ve loved to read.  The esthetic is different but as pleasing to me as the tactile experience of paging through a paper version.  And what I REALLY LOVE is how unlike the version you purchase on the newstand, my twitter version contains not only bad, but good and great news more global than local in scope; inspirational stories of countries making steady progress toward MDGs, of philanthro-capitalists awarding grants for innovators in vaccine development (our own VIDO here are U of S has been a recipient of funding from the Gates Foundation), of educational innovators, medical breakthroughs and  leadership feats.  I sometimes want to be called up to a higher place when I read news.  Is this wrong?  Is this adopting rose-colored glasses?  Would my supervising faculty criticize what they perceive as loss of my critical lense?  OR is this what George would call “weaving my own tapestry”, “creating (my own) coherence?  Please comment… I’d love to hear what you think.  I can handle criticism.  Whereas in my undergraduate degree, and even half of my graduate studies, established curricula and required readings have influenced which ideas received exposure, learning in an open course with the web as my library means the sky is the limit, and I exercise some free will in what to lay my eyes on and apply my mind to.   I, like George, think I can handle the ambiguity.
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I have to say, WOW, I’m so impressed with how everyone is learning and growing and writing with more flare and posting more riveting images.  I really loved  Sarah‘s
post this week – her huge heart for teaching young teens and boys comes through in spades and I feel like I really got to know her.   I would have loved to have her as a teacher for my 14 year old who is now 21 and according to my neighbors, will receive his brain back from aliens sometime in the next 4 years.
Until later, blog on!
PS has anyone had the attribution not show up, as with my first image in the post?  I tried twice to follow the instructions exactly as provided for using imagecodr and still, no credit beneath the great visual.

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11 thoughts on “Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?

  1. Anonymous on said:

    I too have a mad crush on Paper.li. I want to applaud your embracing of the use of push technologies to “exercise some free will in what to lay my eyes on and apply my mind to”. I am currently working with middle school teachers in Vermont to help them shift their thinking to a model of partnering with students using inquiry. To do this, I have them create their own individual inquiry plans/syllabus for my graduate course. Boy do some of them struggle. I am heartened by your post and plan to share it with them.
    Susan Hennessey (a network mentor)

  2. I had this video in one of my blogs to further your paranoia…
    After reading your post I checked out paper.li and now have a personalized newspaper newspaper like yours at my disposal…thanks.

  3. Hi Judy,
    I would argue that you are just finding your critical lense. So great to see. You are not only finding your way, but you are also finding your voice. I’d now challenge you to find ways to take your colleagues along with you on this journey – its much more fun when you have company :). I still get overwhelmed when I look at my Twitter stream. I’d need to be clicking 24X7 just to keep up with the amount of information coming at me….. imagine how your colleagues (who haven’t signed on for this adventure like we have) might be feeling. Enjoy the weekend. Laureen (aka Reenie).

  4. lorenaleibel on said:

    I too chnaged my twitter profile this week. I have been swamped with followers and have seen amazing results in regards to twitter as an educational tool!

  5. I am just getting it now – the potential for twitter as an educational tool.
    Thanks for your response.

  6. Aww, thanks for the encouragement – it means a lot! And yes I do feel like I’m finding my voice. RE: taking colleagues along with me, I’m thinking of scaling down my project to be a teaching/learning session on twitter for colleagues in a faculty meeting.
    Enjoy the sunshiney weekend. I bet you’re biking or something – you look like you love the outdoors and being active.

  7. I watched the video. As daunting as this is, I’d rather be aware of this, and then be intentional in my info-seeking to ensure a balanced view. so thanks for the link. Glad you could use some of my learning to make twitter more useful.

  8. Good for you to urge them in this direction of inquiry based learning. It does feel very strange to shift paradigms, but once they’re shifted, learning is so much more enjoyable.
    Thanks so much for your feedback. It’s so much appreciated!

  9. Hi Judy,
    I just noticed your post now, and noticed that there is some embed code there that is not rendering – you may want to take a look. I think there’s supposed to be a video there, but you may have to repaste it under the HTML view. No big deal, but I thought I’d alert you.

    And, it’s great that you are loving paper.li … it really is a great tool!

  10. Hi Judy,

    I have been working with an ESL colleague who is wanting to move from a shared network drive to a cloud based tool for instructor resources. I helped her create a proposal for the leadership that request a working group be formed so that this new way of moving forward can be a collaborative effort rather than having her go it alone and try to persuade her leaders when she doesn’t fully grasp the alternatives and the implications they may have for the program or other services within the College. Yes, indeed, change is scary for many individuals. Understanding where resistance comes from can help you look at alternative strategies and approaches too. Glad you’re finding some application for resources I shared in http://lbechard.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/resistence-is-futile/!

  11. I apologize for being so slow to respond. I thought I knew how to access comments until I just came across all of these! I really do appreciate both the thoughtful incorporation of resources into your blog and your taking the time to mentor me in many of these issues.

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