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The Benefits of Networking

It did not register with me that I am in a few learning networks already that are radiologic sciences specific. I have a pretty decent working relationship with quite a few radiology educators because I am part of ACERT (Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology). I have attended their national conference for 14 of the last 17 years. Those relationships spill over into everyday work life and collaboration although not a blog or a FB page, we usually reach out directly. I don't think it really counts as a learning network.

I also am involved in the ASRT (American Society of Radiologic Technologists) and the ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists). They have all lines of communication but I typically interact with their site via monthly emails but I am on their Facebook pages also. All the relevant changes in curriculum are piped through those organizations so I often exchange feedback and information on those sites when we are having issues with clinical students, specific curriculum changes and potential impact, feedback on best practices and quantity of exam, etc. I would say I contribute my program's way of doing things as much as I consume.

The big add I did for this semester is adding a learning network that is technology related. I have added Higher Education Digest. It has been mostly consuming ideas about digital frameworks and adding technology. I hope to be able to contribute moving forward as I become more comfortable myself with adding technology into the classroom. I have added this organization on FB

ACUE (Association of Collegiate and University Educators) has a blog for educators. I did a year long course in effective online teaching strategies which I have found very useful.

I have learned that I am reluctant to offer feedback if I don't feel confident in the content. I can see how being a part of these new networks will give me more confidence.

I think beyond the learning networks, I probably need to get on twitter. I didn't realize the useful piece of twitter, just the nonsense. I didn't realize that kind of connection was possible and probably critical if I am wanting to up my technology game.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists leading professional association for imaging professionals (contribute and consume)

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists credentialing organization for imaging professionals.

(contribute and consume)

Higher Education Digest- Higher Educational Trends of the 21st century, among other things. (consume only)

ACUE- blog for effective online teaching practices in higher education. (contribute and consume)

We "fail forward" in our program so we try to always encourage "feed forward" feedback. I try to impress the value of learning that comes from when things do not go exactly as planned. I think this is a valuable part of the growth mindset and one piece that I was already using.

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