Networked TeacherThere is a lot of talk about the new wired and networked student, but where does that leave teachers and trainers?

Alec Couros considers what it means to be a networked teacher and his ideas informed the last minute of this video on The Networked Student.

Networked Teacher roles Far from being rendered obsolete, the networked teacher has a powerful set of functions in the realm of social learning. Relieved of the sage-on-the-stage burden, teachers can explore new territory.

  • Learning architect: helps students to build learning networks
  • Modeler: provides guidance when students get stuck
  • Learning concierge: helps students with communication etiquette and how and where to ask for information
  • Connected learning incubator: provides guidance on how to vet resources and identify quality information
  • Network sherpa: organizes the mountains of information
  • Synthesizer: helps students navigate beyond the  course and develop real knowledge for their futures
  • Change agent: helps students to “creatively solve the world’s problems”

These are good roles to consider in terms of “training” (outmoded term) library staff, but don’t you think all of these roles could apply to librarians and their patrons of all ages?

Lori Reed‘s June Learning Webinar presentation was so well-received that WebJunction asked her back for a repeat performance.

Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library
When: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 1:00 PM Central Time

How much time does your library spend on “training?” Statistics show that most learning takes place on the job or with a coworker, yet, as trainers, we spend an inordinate amount of time preparing for and delivering classroom training. In this webinar you will learn why you need to get your staff out of the classroom and instead focus on creating a culture of learning in your library.

Lori will explore:

  • The differences between training and learning
  • The benefits to libraries for creating a culture of learning
  • The key elements of a learning organization
  • Tips for creating a culture of learning in any size library

Please register for this webinar here: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=1502

Speaking of Lori Reed, she will be sharing her expertise in a WebJunction Learning Webinar on Cultivating a Culture of Learning in the Library. I like the sound of that. Her topic extends the thread of discussion on this blog about training and informal learning and a focus on outcomes. Lori will explore:

  • The differences between training and learning
  • The benefits to libraries for creating a culture of learning
  • The key elements of a learning organization
  • Tips for creating a culture of learning in any size library

Webinar details

If you need any confirmation of Lori’s creativity and dedication to learning, check out this tutorial she put together as part of PLCMC’s Learning 2.0 project: 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners.

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