We all learn in different ways, but there are key methods that we all use, even if we don’t realise them. Our brains work in fantastic ways, and one of these is forming connections between things that we observe through our 5 senses, the knowledge we have learnt, what we’ve been taught by others. All these elements work in concert to form what we manifest as logic, emotion, and intuition.
Networked-Learning basically means using all the information that we have collected and cross-checking it against new information that we learn and resources that we can store, retrieve and process, and build that into a digital framework representing how we naturally use information. Common examples of this are wiki pages with backlinks (links that connect different resources) to how we store relational information on our computers, diaries and notes.
How do we learn?
Cause and Effect
We respond to stimuli and learn from experience. We also learn to observe new information and how to process that.
Patterns and Rules
We learn by following rules. These are anything from how to conduct ourselves to working in regulated environments.
Routine and Repetition
We don’t only learn from routine, but we can identify ways to improve and make processes more efficient.
Experience and Emotion
We learn through the experience of others and storytelling from those we trust and are emotionally linked to.
Is learning from publications any different?
Students and academics alike struggle to read and learn from primary resources, but learning from these may not be so different to how we learn through day-to-day things. It all depends on the attitude we take when learning and how we wish to store, retrieve and process that information.
Research papers are not for everyone to read, but they do offer scientists an opportunity to go beyond their research fields and contribute to disseminating knowledge to members of the community. Not by repeating or summarising what papers say, but by processing that information in ways that are accurate, relevant and suitable for the general public.
How does Networked-Learning help?
We naturally rely on networked-learning when we store, retrieve and process information. We might not remember specific details, but from a broad idea or a memory, we can start to piece in the small bits of information that we don’t recall straight away. Some individuals may do this quickly, while others may take more time. The main idea here is that we all have different ways of learning and there is always room for improvement.
The internet is saturated with videos and ads of the ‘best’ productivity system, and this encourages people to try new tools without focusing on what works for them. We want to encourage people to diversify their skills and try new ways of improving the way they collect and process information. That is why we are building this framework, not to encourage a single way of improving productivity, but to demonstrate how having a standardised system can help achieve more.
The Readmy Framework Promise
This is a community-focused project to document all contributions created by Seanasol Research, our network, and community using a networked-learning approach. This way we can connect different types of resources ranging from novel company findings, information from key publications, and views, opinions and comments from our community.
And to help individuals grow and become more diverse in their skills and knowledge they gain; we want them to feel comfortable with having a personal framework that they can depend on and share with their friends and family. Working with key advocates of productivity, we want to demonstrate to individuals how to manage their workflows, evolve as technology changes and find ways to safely and securely store and share information.