Everyday’s a school day
I was sat at my desk the other day when a colleague of mine, sat at the desk opposite was getting a little frustrated with something. I asked him what was wrong, he was having a problem with doing a task in Powerpoint; something that I knew how to do so I talked him through it. He said thank you and remarked that every day is a school day. How true!
The solution I had presented to my colleague, was in fact one that I had learned from someone else who had showed me. Everyday we are presented with numerous opportunities to learn something and develop ourselves. I am always amazed at just how much we can learn and how many resources we have available to us, and even more amazingly they do not always have to cost money!
A case in point, I am looking to develop a web delivered course. My friend Lee (crikey he pops up regularly doesn’t he) recommended a learning management system (LMS) called Moodle. So the process I followed was Google “Moodle”, I download the application and look at what I need to do. The quick start guide talked about stalling a complete server package, including Apache, PHP and MySQL using XAMMP. Ah, but, I am already running all of that on a WAMP server as a local development server… so what do I do now? Back to Google, enter a search for installing Moodle on WAMP and Bob’s your Mom’s Brother I find a help guide on how to do that. I follow the instructions and voila, I have a fully working Moodle installation sitting on my development environment. Great! Ah, but, what do I do know? I don’t have a scooby-doo of where to start… back to Google… within minutes I have access to umpteen You Tube tutorials and a free e-book to guide me on my way.
In one of my earliest posts, I generated a list of possible resources and ways that we can build knowledge and develop ourselves; I won’t duplicate that list here, take a look at 31 Possible ways to grow & develop yourself. The point is that there are so many ways, so many opportunities available to us to continue to expand our horizons, develop our skills and to make a difference. Ultimately, it is down to us and our motivation to choose to embrace those to our advantage or not.