Documenting Your Personal Learning Journey

You’ve decided on a topic, designed your own study, and found great learning resources. Sometimes being able to take all the information in is satisfying enough. There are other times when you may want to begin documenting what you’re learning, the resources you used, the places you went, and where and how you learned what you know. You may also want to have a place to store your questions, knowledge, thoughts, and designs. There are a lot of enjoyable and creative ways to do that. 

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Keep a sectioned notebook or binder primarily for the topics you are currently learning about. Include the names of the books and periodicals you read, websites visited, videos watched, places you went, people you spoke to, pictures, designs, and any other information you deem important enough to include.

Start a word document. Open your word-processor and type in any information you want to include. Add pictures too!

Dedicate a file folder to your topic. Create and name a file folder on your computer, and add all the information you want to keep in that folder.
Include: Pictures, videos, sound files, word files with thoughts, things learned, summaries of the things you read, new questions, etc..

Start a blog or a website. You can start a personal blog or website for free and keep it private, invite selected people to view it, or share it publicly. It’s a great place to keep the sites you’ve read, videos you’ve viewed or taken yourself, hold onto pictures, jot down notes, write book summaries, process your thoughts and opinions, and other information.
Create a vlog or video channel. Again you can keep it private or share it with others. Instead documenting your adventure via writing, you can create a video journal of your journey for the same reasons you may keep a blog or site. You can also create your own videos and keep them on your computer or in a cloud.
Draw or take pictures. In some cases it is easier to draw or document what you’re learning with pictures. Pictures and drawings can be uploaded to a computer and made into a digital scrapbook or a Power Point Presentation. 
Design a game based on the things you’ve learned. Games are a fun way to help you remember information and test your knowledge.
Make audio files. Document your journey using an audio device. This is a great way to record a quick note or reminder, capture a thought, event, sound, a feeling, or an observation.
Start a personal publication. There are many different types of publications you can start such as: A book, magazine, newsletter, pamphlet, a guide, etc. for your personal reference.
Some other ways include: Scrapbooks, portfolios, an efolio, fact/information cards, etc.. 
How something is recorded really depends on the topic and how compelled you feel about documenting your journey. Having or being able to refer to material later on may prove to be really valuable someday, so take a little time before, during, or after each learning session to document what you’ve learned in a way that appeals to you most.

In my next post, I’ll offer some tips about sharing your knowledge with others.

Thanks for reading!
Fran W.
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