Project Post #4

Since I last wrote, I started writing the text to my StoryMap project. Writing down potential chunks of text helps me organize the media content and develop a flow. However, I haven’t narrowed down on a title and then I started thinking what a transition to digital learning may be for traditional mindsets.

The transition to digital storytelling tools does not mean its going to be easy. The biggest one is the traditional mindset. Readers, know the traditional web based information experience or reading a book. Which is, read left to right from top down. That’s what they know, and that’s what they expect. Its only natural that this project will contain at least some traditional elements. There might be an a e-learning piece, a video, a timeline, and so on. I want to show how digital learning assets compliment the traditional ones. You end up giving a lot of control back to readers. 

Social learning – my own experience

First, a little background: ArcGIS is part of Esri’s Geospatial Cloud ecosystem that allows you to use powerful apps and mapping tools all in a web browser. ArcGIS StoryMaps is one of those apps. Having an ArcGIS account is the first step to help you collaborate on stories and share them. If you’ve never used groups before, or are unsure about their capabilities, now is the perfect time.

Imagine you see me walk into your favorite coffee shop on Saturday morning. The place isn’t super busy yet, and surprisingly, you’re not pressed for time. You come up to me and say, hey Vanessa, I dug your project on Tribes and Lidar Collection. And then I’d say, well that’s cool. What did you find the most helpful thing about it? We sit down and talk for a few minutes. We sip our coffee. You learn from me as I share the experiences that inspired the Storymap. I learn from you as you talk about what you found helpful in the presentation. This is social learning. 

Social learning happens when a space is created online, and people come into that space to share knowledge. To post and respond to questions. To share resources and best practices. There are two platforms where digital social learning takes place. There are internal social platforms, where employees of a company share information. A traditional example is the company internal website. Another example, and this is becoming quite popular, is the cloud-based application that behaves like a social media site. For instance, Yammer, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Workday. There are also external social platforms – what I’m referring to is communities of practice. An online forum devoted to a particular software or organization is an example of this, as are the Twitter and LinkedIn communities. Social learning is a powerful tool.

I was worried about wanting to share my project with classmates. By using ArcGIS groups you can share your story with people outside your organization, within your organization, or even coauthor a story.  

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