Thursday, August 9, 2012

(4) Week 1: extra challenges

Following what we know about learning being optimised through practice, review and extension, let's build on the basics of the Week 1 task.

Week 1 extra challenges: LinkedIn

1.1 Manage notification emails: Click on your name > Settings > Email preferences > Set the frequency of emails
1.2 Go mobile: When on your device, click the appropriate link to download the LinkedIn app for iPhone and iPad or Android
1.3 Engage with colleagues: Post about your research, teaching, supervision or an event in one of your groups.
1.4 Adopt good practice: check you are not doing one of the "7 things you may be doing wrong on LinkedIn" !

1.5 Mentoring: bring someone into LinkedIn who is not currently there.

1.6 Keep track of who is viewing your profile - see video below (link)

Task 2: Blogging - taking the next step

Blogs are a platform to write, develop, test and share our ideas, and as an open platform, it provides the opportunity to have others comment, add to and challenge our views.

So now you have experienced the blog from the reader's point of view, it's time to take the next step and write a comment.  

2.1 Register 
 In order to write comments on blogs (such as on The Age website), you need to register. This is to prevent spam (software that automatically posts promotional material on blogs). So you will need an OpenID or Google account.

2.2 Comment
Write a comment below this post about your experience with or views on LinkedIn or Yammer (good or bad!) and how you may apply this in your work or professional development. 
Btw: blog etiquette is that commenters often respond to something the author or another commenter has written in addition to making their own point - as in a conversation.

2.3 Subscribe - on the right of this blog post you can subscribe to this blog with your email address so you will get an email notification when I post the next set of challenges :)

Now you have completed all of the extra tasks, put a bright circle around your WEEK 1 badge :-)



  1. I have been on LinkedIn for years. The primary value of this site for me is to keep track of colleagues and associates, simply so I can contact them when I have lost track of where they work, but also to find out where they work and what they are doing.
    Although I get requests from time to time to connect with someone I don't know very well, I don't connect with them unless I have worked with them and can vouch for their professionalism. And on that topic, I have only been asked to write one formal recommendation on LinkedIn.

    Cheers, Dan.

    1. I agree with Dan, it is useful for keeping in contact with people that may change their employment more regularly than I do. It is also hard to know where to draw the line with regard to who to connect with.
      I get some requests from students, both recent and from the past, and I tend not to connect with them. I'm not sure if it is my subconscious making a privacy call or something else. In amongst so many students that we come across should I connect with any? Perhaps limit it to postgrads? Or those I have worked closely with as undergrads that may have volunteered to help run a research project? It is kind of like writing a reference in a way, you don't want to do it for everyone, but only really for those you know a little better.

    2. Thanks Dan and Stuart about the tip to only connect with people you know. I will be more choosy in the future.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience of LinkedIn Dan. Good point about deciding who to link to or recommend, and why.