Work and learning today is all about connecting people. Managers, supervisors, and business support functions should be focused on enabling connections for knowledge workers. Like artists, knowledge workers need inspiration. Too few connections mean few sources of inspiration and little likelihood of serendipity. Innovation is not so much about having ideas as it is about making connections. We know that people with are also more productive. --
As a proponent of connectivism I have made Challenge Based Learning and other real world projects a central part of each course that I teach. I have seen my students attain deep learning through social engagement through their work on real work challenges. In each case, I've demanded that groups students explore their personal learning networks to connect with experts who can answer their questions or review their ideas.
To help teach students how to make connections, I started the M-Hub project in 2010. M-Hub came online a year ago as a way for students to connect with mentors (such as alumnae) who possess specialized knowledge, training or experience.
Activating this database site and introducing it to MHS staff was a monumental achievement for us. However, since then it has largely languished. The nucleus of student project managers graduated, and the idea of researching real people instead of documents, did not come naturally in our learning community. And I confess that all the founders lost their zeal after reaching such a major milestone.
I am glad to say that I am now working with a dedicated (and very young!) group of students who have two April projects in mind to renew interest in M-Hub. First, our team will be facilitating tweeting at the Women Mean Business Symposium, April 23, 2013. We will also be launching a movie that is currently in production. We are hoping to disseminate this fifty second "commercial" about what M-Hub is and how it will help our students "create, connect, contact, and collaborate." More soon!
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