The idea has been in the back of my mind, and I decided this morning to take action. As you may know, my research interest is informal and self-directed work-based learning. You may also know that I am an independent life and health insurance broker. Obviously, it makes sense to tie the two areas together.

After the training to become licensed, an insurance agent will still have a lot to learn. Some will be formal, perhaps directed toward various professional designations, and a lot will be informal. I want to promote discussion, awareness, and participation in and about many informal and self-directed learning opportunities. It will also involve exploration of personal learning environments, although we might question the label. Creating a Linkedin group seems like a good place to start, so the group is now created and awaiting responses from some contacts whom I’ve invited. The group is not part of a research project.