a personal learning model

The Seek > Sense > Share framework of personal knowledge mastery was the result of many iterations over almost 15 years. It is simple to understand but under it are many layers. You can keep digging for a lifetime as each part reveals deeper aspects — algorithms, heuristics, complexity, critical thinking, media literacy, cognitive load management, network analysis, etc.

Many people have shared their PKM routines and it is great to see variations on the theme, as there is no lock-step method or recipe to mastery. We must each find our own path as we likely will not keep to another person’s path over time. PKM is personal.

Clark Quinn has taken my Seek > Sense > Share framework and added a layer that makes it easier to understand. It is not too detailed but gives extra value. Clark has ‘added value‘, a key part of PKM.

Clark has divided Seeking into two parts — human (ask for help) and information (do a search). I call these human and machine filters. We need to ‘set up info flows’ for each. Clark also divides Sensemaking into two parts — building on knowledge and doing new things. Building on knowledge (representing) can yield incremental innovation but experiments may produce radical innovation. Clark shows how we can choose to share with individuals, select groups, or in public. In addition, he adds in a feedback loop — evaluate response.

Clark’s personal learning model is an excellent example of how PKM works. We build on the knowledge of others by creating something new ourselves. It’s not ‘copy & paste’.

For more information on how to get started with the discipline of PKM, register for the online workshop.

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