PKM in a nutshell

Personal Knowledge Management:

  • A way to deal with ever-increasing digital information.
  • Requires an open attitude to learning and finding new things (I Seek).
  • Develops processes of filing, classifying and annotating for later retrieval.
  • Uses open systems that enable sharing.
  • Aids in observing, thinking and using information & knowledge (I Sense).
  • Helps to share ideas with others (We Share).
  • “You know you’re in a community of practice when your practice changes” (We Use).
  • PKM prepares the mind to be open to new ideas (enhanced serendipity).

PKM is related to Personal Learning Environments and Personal Learning Networks. They are different ways of addressing similar issues:

How do I keep track of all of this information?

How do I make sense of changing conditions and new knowledge?

How can I develop and improve critical thinking skills?

How can we cooperate?

How can I collaborate better?

How can I engage in problem-solving activities at the edge of my expertise?

Update: More recent posts: My Personal Learning Journey & Network Learning: Working Smarter (2010)

12 Responses to “PKM in a nutshell”

  1. Erin O'Shea

    Hey, thanks so much for posting this for us, Kyle and I had a great learning experience with you yesterday 🙂 I am still trying to figure out how to file/classify/annotate my bookmarks, and other things I want to keep…I’ll learn by doing, but at least you’ve shown me that it can be done (as well as how to do it, though my recall seems to be coming up short).


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