Social Media and Free Range Learning

How often, when you’re engaged in listening or participating in social media, do you catch a spark of surprise or excitement about an idea and feel that sensation of eagerness to make that next click and learn more?  All the time? Me too.

Learning fills our lives with energy (chi). It gets me jazzed, inspired and motivated. Learning isn’t always formal like a university class but it's constantly happening -- whether we’re paying attention or not.   

So, what do you call learning where you’re in control of what you learn, when you learn, who you learn from, how deep you learn and what you give back as a result of what you learn? 

Hmmm, what to call this kind of learning? I was working with a great colleague and friend Raye Shilen some time ago while her family was stationed in Washington State and we were deep in discussion one day when the IT woman, Val (yes I said woman – yeah) chimed in with, “sort of like free...

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