My Learning Ecology
When it comes to learning ecology that primarily focuses on that individual’s relationships and involvement in their own learning. Everyone’s learning ecology is different because they all gain their information differently. Life experiences are learned in an abundance of different ways and my learning ecology follows that to a T.
My learning ecology expands from school all the way to past experiences. The social experiences that I have had, expand the ways I learn both from formal and informal perspectives.
Now new literacies is a way to describe literacies in a specified area that are socially active or engaging. Plenty of social media networks are involved in this specific category such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.
Plenty of new literacies are in deep correlation to being media literate. To be media literate you must be able to communicate through different media works, whether that be texting, posting photos on Facebook, or even sending emojis through someone’s direct messages. If you are capable of doing the following then you are considered to be media literate.
Discourses are primarily spoken conversation or a debate, however it can also be written conversation as well. This is normal conversation or communication. Something that revolves around discourse is also participatory culture. This is primarily a collaboration of ideas between individuals that act as both a contributor and producers. We see this mainly with affiliations or possibly some memberships.
All of these terms in bold all effect my learning ecology. These are different social concepts that you interpret yourself every single day. You may not be able to realize it, however, through the internet and social interaction, it is noticeable in your everyday lives.
Different types of ways to learn is how we grow as individuals every single day. The only way to improve yourself is from experiences that occur in your everyday lives. As a 20 year old man from Thornton Colorado, I myself have learned what it means to grow as an individual. From a young age I have been involved in both sports and clubs. These allowed for me to view the world from a different lens. I was able to participate in activities that I not only loved and enjoyed, but activities that I was able to learn from every single day. It wasn’t only the adrenaline rush that pushed me to compete, involved was the to always get better. The only way to do that was through learning from those around me, whether it be friends, coaches, or family.
This same mindset came into the classroom as well. My freshman year in high school I had attended Mountain Range High School, and never before have I ever been pushed to my limit. Struggling in school throughout the entire year I had a major decision to make. Learning about myself that year I knew I needed to follow a different path, therefore, moving schools was the best decision for me. You learn a lot about yourself as a teenager, through fellow teachers and the crowd you involve yourself with. That change effected my life for the better.
Following my high school days I had attended The University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Excited for a new chapter in my life it was time to get busy. Here I got my first job as a host with the corporation BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. While never knowing the importance of work and it’s involvement in social skills, I believe I learned a lot. From both friends and co-workers I fully understood what it meant to be a hardworking man. Gradually working had and making my way up I had become a server within the company. Excited and confident I took full advantage of the opportunity given to me and succeeded in the work place every single day.
While things may have been going great work wise, there was still a major factor that kept effecting my life, Covid-19. Not being able to see my family for 1 whole year made me realize that I missed them deeply. Therefore, to combat this issue I moved back home to Thornton Colorado and transferred to CU Denver. Now today I am a junior, I have been through a lot in these 20 years and I learn something new every day. You truly don’t understand the importance of learning from past experience until you prioritize that mindset.
Personal learning is different for everybody, however, this is just a glimpse into the learning I have experienced in my life.