For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Yellowstone National Park, this picture is representative of the eerie yet beautiful vistas you will encounter. I was fortunate enough to spend my childhood summers there and learned to love and appreciate the forces of nature.
This image is of the Firehole River, aptly named for the relatively warm water temperature generated by the scalding water dumped into it by the geysers along its shore. There is a particular swimming hole along the Firehole that we would visit. It was our “beach” during the summer. There I would swim against the current, even through some rapids, in order to turn around and ride the current back down.
In reflecting back on this semester, I can’t help but compare my summer swims to the adventures offered up in this course. It really did feel like I was fighting the current, struggling against the technological applications and platforms. I knew the reward was going to be worth the trek but getting there hasn’t been a leisurely paddle through calm waters. Fortunately, I have had the encouragement of classmates to keep me going and help guide me through the undercurrents that threatened to exhaust me.
There are so many “take-aways” from this course. I know that this will be one that I look back on in order to reference a mind-shift, a before and after view of how I address learning in libraries. First and foremost, learning is a constant and learning is everywhere. I’ve stopped fighting that “current” and now I just kick-back and go with the flow. I know that I don’t need to catch-up; I just need to pursue a course that will enhance my goals and be prepared to keep adding to it.
Second, I can teach concepts to many people by setting up a simple blog. What a fantastic tool and one I plan on using in the future in my career!
Third, I now have the means to wrangle all of the information I glean from the internet into a PLN that is not just useful but more importantly, it is not overwhelming. AND, I have my permission to change it up as often as I need to. Thank you, me.
Much like finally getting to the end of that swimming hole, I can now relax, put my feet up and let the river take me for a ride. I’m no longer straining to understand the transtech environment. Instead I’m embracing the experience and enjoying the fact that the knowledge gained has been well worth the exercise.