Harold says that learnstreams are the water that allows learnscapes to grow. I like this addition and have developed it a little further.
Learnstreams have 3 major actions that are required to keep the learnstream healthy for use within the learnscape.
Inputs (listening) – how we listen to the learnscape. We listen using multiple devices and have control over some of the content entering our stream. Here are a few listening devices:
Filtered – content entering your stream where you have defined some form of criteria for entry:
- RSS Type (e.g., Google Reader, Lazyfeed)
- Alerts (e.g., Google Alerts, Backtype)
- Social streams (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
- Off line – (e.g., Person to Person, books, TV)
Unfiltered – content entering your stream where you have less control and choice of entry (e.g., e-mail, voice mail)
Purifiers (thinking)- how we process, refine and create content. This is where we apply thinking processes (e.g., critical and creative thinking, communication) to existing content or we create new content.
Outputs (speaking) – this is how we speak into the learnscape and is based on many factors including:
- Responses to: conversations, blog posts, social streams
- Releasing new content (e.g., blog posts, white papers, video, audio)
What Do You Think?
- What other major actions do learnstreams have?
- What do you think is required for a healthy learnstream?
- Are you maintaining a healthy learnstream? Why? Why not?