Archive for July, 2008

Information Overload

July 16, 2008 1 comment

“Trying to organize the information deluge can be a challenge. Fancy new software might help, but it does take some self control. Such is the life of a working professional in the technological age. So much information, so little time to make sense of it. We examined the growing problem of information overload, and how it’s affecting our ability to relate to each other”. Anna Maria Tremonti

This quote from Anna Maria Tremonti‘s blog, seems appropriate as we look at learning how to learn in a digital environment with all the distractions of email, IM, MySpace etc, cell phones, text messages, and too many websites to explore. She also introduces the Information Overload Research Group that was formed in June of 2008, which is committed to working “together to build awareness of the world’s greatest challenge to productivity, conduct research, help define best practices, contribute to the creation of solutions, share information and resources, offer guidance and facilitation, and help make the business case for fighting information overload”.

I reference this because this is a major obstacle–at least it has been for me–that we have to be fully aware of, before we can begin to refocus our efforts to become more self-directed and independent in our learning and personal growth. It is not simply an “organize yourself” task, as much as it is developing some skills that we haven’t practiced a lot – at least not in a learning environment. We will be working on developing new skills, refining existing practices, and mainly focusing – so that we can put more energy into what we really want to be learning.

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