In my previous post, Mandarin Learning Challenge, I admitted to not having set goals for the learning challenge. I didn’t want to disrupt my informal learning process. I also wanted to see how far I could get without goals, so I went day-by-day and allowed the learning to happen organically, or not at all. It was a great adventure!
As I started writing this post, I looked for my unpublished notes on last summer’s learning goals. Here they are:
My Learning Plan for the Summer 2014
- Transcribe/review/translate two TED videos
- Practise blogging by posting an article weekly
- Learn French and Russian daily, 30 min each
- Get ready for 10K walk in September
- Participate in 2 MOOCs: Understanding Research Methods and Developing a Research Project
Out of the five goals, I achieved one: #4. Having practised weekly throughout the summer, in September last year, two colleagues and I went to Tres Herne, MB, and walked 10K.
So, one goal out of five equals 20%; 20% achieved of the set goals. I’m thinking to myself ‘not bad’ :)
What do I do this summer? Do I also go for five goals and hope or aim to achieve one? Let’s see.
- Transcribe/review/translate one TED video – love doing that and 1 video is quite doable in two months. I’ve done 4 videos so far http://www.ted.com/profiles/1614825/translator
- Blog weekly (?) – I’d like to share my professional learning journey. There are so many interesting developments happening at work that I simply must find time to share with you here on my blog.
- Learn French and Mandarin – so this year I’m replacing Russian with Mandarin. To learn French I’m planning to use Duolingo and Speaky; for Mandarin – Memrise and Speaky. Nothing specific here, just learn a bit every day.
- Enjoy nature – I’ve joined a cycling group and will do weekly rides. I’m planning on taking my dogs for walks too. Summertime is so short in Manitoba!
- Write a paper with @mbjamieson Perhaps something to do with design patterns for diverse needs in an online environment.
OK, I’ll stop here at six goals; one more than last year. Perhaps I’ll achieve two this time :)