PKM – Personal Knowledge Mastery – Summary

The following is a summary of Harold Jarche’s website, ‘PKM – Personal Knowledge Mastery. Access to this website can be made using the following link.



‘PKM is a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world and work more effectively.’

  • Personal – according to one’s abilities, interests & motivation.
    (not directed by external forces)’
  • Knowledge – understanding information and experience in order to act upon it.
    (know what, know who, know how)’
  • Mastery – the journey from apprentice to disciplined sense-maker and sharer of knowledge.
    (masters do not need to be managed)’

‘The active practice of PKM can help increase Connections, develop Meaning, and improve Autonomy; for any profession, vocation, or life style.’

Slideshare Link



Jarche, H. (2011). PKM – Personal Knowledge Mastery. Retrieved July 25, 2014, from



Having spent some time looking through this website and exploring the additional links I have arrived at the conclusion that this model is personally a much better fit than ‘connectivism’.  While I agree with the concept of learning centred around the forging of connections within the brain, it did not resonate with me as much as PKM.  Perhaps it is its simplicity or rather more in tune with my personal philosophy and style of learning (a little more structured perhaps).  Before anyone else points it out, I acknowledge the similarities between ‘connectivism’ and ‘PKM’ –  I guess I just prefer Red Delicious apples to Granny Smith’s


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