Hello, I'm Matt Calder, and I've recently joined the Microsoft Virtual Academy team as a publishing manager. I'm here because my passions for live video and education lead me to get very interested in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course), and I have been really impressed with what MVA is doing with the Jump Start and Live Q&A series. You may have already seen me moderating Jump Start Q & A. If you're interested in more about me personally check out my personal blog and Linked-in profile, and I'd love to connect on Twitter. As a publisher my role is to ensure that the site, our courses, our instructors and subject matter experts engage our visitors. I'll be one of the voices of the MVA team for our audience, and more importantly, I'll represent the voice of our audience to the MVA team.
One question that is important to all of us is "If you have to learn about something for work, how do you want to learn?" Myself, I piece together a personal learning plan that starts with surveying the topic and identifying the sources of good, useful information. Then my process is rather ad hoc and includes watching video lectures, reading blogs, attending conferences, lurking in forums and reading books until I've learned enough to accomplish the goals that initially set me on the learning path. Depending on my curiosity, that might take a day or a decade, and I may or may not pick up a degree or certification along the way. It's personal process.
What about you? How do you want to learn? How does MVA fit into the mix? Let us know, either in the comments, or feel free to email me directly. I'm email@example.com