Capability grows with learning

The Learning Performance Institute has published its ‘capability map’ this week. Try it out for yourself here.  I self-assessed myself and found that, on most relevant measures to my role, I am at Level 3: Guiding – which is what I would expect in my work as a consultant and as a writer of online learning materials.

This was a timely reminder that, whilst the need to keep learning has never been more pressing for me in my career, I need not feel threatened or de-skilled by the need for new skills.  Sometimes it is overwhelming, but if I bear in mind that my core capabilities are the foundation of all my new learning, I can contain the doubt that creeps up when I place myself in the position of novice (yet again) as I learn a new tool or technology.

As part of my final assignment for the Social Media for Professional Development workshop with Jane Hart, I started to map out my personal learning network (PLN). The map grew and grew! I found I needed to contextualise it in the bigger picture of all that I do online because a PLN is just one component of my work life. If you find it hard to read the detail, click on the graphic and  resize it or use this link.

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How I work online in 2012 by Jane Brotchie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

 The right hand side of the map is where my professional development takes place. These are the ways that I keep up to date and make sense of what I am learning.  There are three different ‘spaces’ here:

1) My personal learning space is where I can reflect, plan, comment, journal and record my learning and experiences. This is a private space until I choose to share my musings: this, for example, was my eportfolio for accreditation with the Association for Learning Technology in 2010 (CMALT).






2) My personal learning network is where I connect with all the people who may help me in my work: thought leaders, practitioners, curators of interesting stuff, experts and colleagues.







3) My social learning space includes my informal learning as well as the active learning I seek out through online workshops, webinars and tutorials to update my skills and knowledge.





On the left hand side of the map I have shown all the functions that support my work output – writing resources and courses for online learning. This is how the map looks in 2012. A year from now, the tools may change but I expect the functions to remain the same. To be successful in my work I need to be able to communicate, collaborate, create, network, learn, organise, project manage, focus and refocus. I have been doing this for over twenty years but the difference today is that all these functions can be carried out online. Some of them can be carried out in social spaces, others are private or shared only with a select few.


This presentation explains the mindmap in more detail.

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7 Responses to Capability grows with learning

  1. Pat October 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I love the visual part of your blog posting. I especially loved the ‘post-it’ notes as they really bring your focus to your thoughts.

    • jb11 October 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Thank you Pat. The ‘post-its’ came from Patrick Packu’s wonderful site and I just entered my own text.

      • Paula November 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

        Thanks for sharing. I’ve already created a Post It Note (I opened the image in PP, created the script text, copied both to my clipboard, then opened in SnagIt Editor, pasted, save as).

        This allowed me to save the .jpg that I can use on my internal social media platform!


  2. Jane Hart October 31, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Jane, this is really good – I hope you don’t mind if I point people to it as well as show it to people at conferences, etc. It’s really good to see how your professional learning feeds into your professional practice too … Brilliant! Thanks for sharing


    • jb11 October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Of course Jane, I’m delighted you like it and would be very happy to see it used. I’ve licensed it to share with attribution so please pass it on. I’ve enjoyed participating in your workshop on the Social learning Centre and it was discussions there that prompted me to do this – so a big thank-you to you and everyone else on the workshop for helping me to think this through.

  3. Paula November 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this blog post. Somehow I got into it today from inside my firewall. Oops! 🙂

    I learned much from this, and will pay it forward. Thanks a bunch.

    • jb11 November 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Glad it was helpful Paula. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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