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Since 2007, I self-manage and drive my non-formal learning in a structured manner, akin to project managment. See competences currently under development.

My professional competence is developed via the following means:

  • Informal dialogue with my networks: usually this takes the form of lunch or cocktail meetings. It's about taking some social time to share with experts from fields connected to mine.
  • Participating in structured informal networks: the Cafés-des-Connaissances / Knowledge Kafé is a perfect example, a diverse group of professionals reglularly meeting to discuss a pre-determined theme
  • Writing: the day my little scribble became public via my blog, los baristas is the day that my learning from my writing increased tenfold
  • Reading: blogs, reports, white papers, there is no end to the learning here, just take for example Steven Downes' OLDaily, The Bamboo Project, Harold Jarche, Faire autrement, voir autrement and La nature d'une nouvelle entreprise etc. etc.
  • Public presentations: I make sure I do them regularly partially for the learning leap they provoke
  • Participating in events: I am the event keener, seeing it as an opportunity to learn at many, many levels
  • Taking on a responsiblity: like me becoming a board member at the ECTO coop

Barry Nyhan, European Centre for Vocational Training (Cedefop):

"one of the keys to promoting learning organisations is to organise work in such a way that it is promotes human development. In other words it is about building workplace environments in which people are motivated to think for themselves so that through their everyday work experiences, they develop new competences and gain new understanding and insights. Thus, people are learning from their work - they are learning as they work."

He goes on to say:

"This entails building organisations in which people have what can be termed 'developmental work tasks'. These are challenging tasks that 'compel' people to stretch their potential and muster up new resources to manage demanding situations. In carrying out 'developmental work tasks' people are 'developing themselves' and are thus engaged in what can be termed 'developmental learning'."

My digital skills have been developed on a continual base via non-formal learning. Every new project requires mastery of new software or new processes, for example managing distant teams (2000 to present) or producing an interactive cd rom (1996).

My biggest worksite in non-formal learning has been in the domain of parenting, via litterature, story sharing, expert advice etc. My school is my children. Interestingly my parenting skills help in other areas of life, for example, patience, negotiation, organisation.

A great source of non-formal learning is travel: I plan and organise a 6-9 week trip every year, in Europe on alternating years, and the itinerary is never the same. The family goal is always to better understand different ways of living.

Training sessions in professional context

  • Design and deliver presentations, 2002 : 2 days
  • Using layout software (Quarkxpress), 2000 : 1 day
  • Using project management software (Microsoft Project), 1997 : 2 days
  • Formative vs. summative evaluation, 1996, 1 day
  • Organise a successful inter-country online collaboration, 1995, 2 jours (GRICS)
  • Produce standardised evaluation tools, 1994 : 2 days (GRICS)

Various training sessions provided by the Ministry of Education of Québec:

    • The Common Core Basic Education Program, 2007 : 2 days
    • Competency based approach, for teachers, 2005 : 1 day
    • Competency based approach, for administrators, 2004 : 1 day
    • New micro-computing program, 1995 : 1 day
    • Whole language techniques, 1993 : 2 days
    • Electronic communication via cc:mail, 1992 : 1 day

Other training

  • African dance, 2002 to present
  • Rock climbing, 2000
  • Parenting,1998
  • Scuba diving, 1985
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