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I ran across the concept of PKN (Personal Knowledge Network). I found it really relevant for anyone working in modern information sphere, especially education.

As the almighty Wikipedia describes it:

Personal knowledge management (PKM) refers to a collection of processes that an individual carries out to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve, and share knowledge in his/her daily activities (Grundspenkis 2007) and how these processes support work activities (Wright 2005). It is a response to the idea that knowledge workers increasingly need to be responsible for their own growth and learning (Smedley 2009) and represents a bottom-up approach to knowledge management, as opposed to more traditional, top-down KM (Pollard 2008).

So you basically build your own network of links, contacts, information and evaluation. This sounds self-evident until you start thinking about how organizations used to operate and begin analyzing your own methods of work. When was the last time you set down and evaluated whether you are missing out on some tacit knowledge?

Harold Jarche’s blog provides some very nice graphics on using PKM in web environment (more in his post):

PKN in web evironment

I especially like his input on how you must develop your own critical thinking, and not just rely on the web’s collective mind  to do the thinking for you.


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