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  1. Oct 2020
    1. Empowering older adults’ informal, self-directed learning: harnessing the potential of online personal learning networks

      Article discusses informal, personal learning networks as they relate to older, adult learners and self-directed study. Author questions how and why adults turn to internet and social media tools for knowledge acquisition. Concedes a lack of research in regard to adults' use of internet-based tools. Defines older adults as 60+. Rating 7/10

  2. Jan 2020
    1. PLNs offer new spaces in which teachers may learn and grow as professionals with support from a diverse network ofpeople and resources. With recent advances in technology and widespread access to the Internet, teachers can expand theirweb of connections beyond their face-to-face networks, seek help and emotional support, and aggregate vast quantities ofprofessional knowledge at anytime and from anywhere (Hur&Brush, 2009;Trust, 2012; 2013). PLNs can also be differen-tiated from online communities, networks of practice (Brown&Duguid, 2000), and social media sites. Online communitiesare groups of people who connect for a shared purpose, while a network refers to a,“set of nodes and links with affordancesfor learning”(Wenger, Trayner,&de Laat, 2011, p. 9). Social media sites are digital tools that people can use to connect andcommunicate with others. Each of these terms refers to a single medium for connecting with others. PLNs are broader,multifaceted systems, that often incorporate multiple communities, networks of practice, and sites that support both on- andoff-line learning. Researchers have yet to explore PLNs as complex systems of people, resources, and digital tools.

      Helpful contrast of PLNs with online communities, networks of practice, and social media sites from Trust, T., Krutka, D. G., & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers. Computers & Education, 102, 15–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2016.06.007

    2. Many researchers and educators have attempted to define and envision the purpose of PLNs for teachers (e.g.,Couros,2010; Flanigan, 2011; Powerful Learning Practice, 2012;Trust, 2012), but there is no agreed-upon definition. PLNs havebeen described as“reciprocal learning system[s]”(Powerful Learning Practice, 2012, p. 8),“vibrant, ever-changing group[s] ofconnections,”(Crowley, 2014; para. 4),“network[s] of fellow educators and resources”(Catapano, n. d.),“the sum of all socialcapital and connections”(Couros, 2010), and“online communities that allow the sharing of lesson plans, teaching strategies,and student work, as well as collaboration across grade levels and departments”(Flanigan, 2011). Various scholars, authors,and educators conceive of PLNs in unique, and somewhat disparate ways. Prior to this study, researchers had yet to examinehow teachers themselves defined and described their PLNs. Understanding how educators conceive of and utilize PLNs mayhelp bring more clarity to the construct.

      Helpful overview paragraph related to variety of PLN definitions from Trust, T., Krutka, D. G., & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers. Computers & Education, 102, 15–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2016.06.007

    1. I see my main role in the network right now is to try and provide value-added information to my network in the hopes that someday others may be convinced to begin doing the same. This is how PLN’s are built, one person at a time adding value with intent. Participating. Contributing. How do you build a PLN? First, it is important to overcome the hesitation around “using” people. If you are building a PLN, you will always be in a reciprocating relationship with the others in the network. Ideally, you should feel that your main job in the network is to provide value-added information to those who can, in turn, increase your learning (Digenti, 1999). This will be a long process. But then again, relationship building always is.

      Clint, I am enjoying your exploration of Mastodon and what is required. Someone else who has challenged me about both Twitter and Mastodon (and Micro.Blog) has been Ian Guest. He asked that question as to what I wanted out of any of these groups. I think that you touch upon this with your discussion of PLN. One thing that I do not think that I have thought about enough is how a PLN can change and evolve. Some people go, others stay. It is all rather fluid. Although I am willing to discuss all the technicals, maybe this focus on 'EdTech' misses the purpose. Maybe this is Douglas Rushkoff's point about 'Team Human'? Thank you as always for the provocation.

  3. Feb 2019
    1. have enough agency to find that support elsewhere

      Why can't the university, with all its supposed resources, support PLN development among its faculty and staff?

    2. So much of faculty development is one-size-fits-all andarranged according to preset schedules and locations - and by doing so, will consist-ently fail to meet the needs of those whose interests are marginal or different from themajority. Moreover, the understanding of“network”in the institutional sense fails toaccount for the individual level of the Personal Learning Network (PLN) where educa-tors can build connections and relationships that advance their ongoing learning out-side of institutional structures and boundaries

      One-size-fits-all is the perennial challenge of PD (professional development, faculty development)—the demand that faculty as learners must conform to the instruction, rather than bringing their full selves. There have been days, weeks, and even semesters when I felt marginalized (even as campus entities insisted that I wasn’t). The only way through this was the PLN (“my” PLN) that welcomed my whole self into another type of PD.

  4. Nov 2018
  5. Jun 2018
    1. or at least they pretend

      I don't think we're pretending. I know I'm not!

    2. PLN

      personal learning network

      perhaps marking it up with <abbr> tags would be useful here?

  6. Apr 2016
    1. Why Students Should Blog in Public
    2. capital

      And something that students can't "buy" from any university.

    3. faculty can use their personal learning networks to connect students with relevant learning opportunities such as events, programs, internships, people, and resources, thereby supporting the ongoing development of students’ personalized, interest-driven learning.

      Love this.

    4. A PLN is a self-directed system meant to support lifelong learning through the development, maintenance, and leveraging of digital networks.
  7. Jan 2016
  8. Oct 2015
    1. And it’s about getting back to the idea that our Personal Learning Network isn’t just our twitter followers, but is an effort to connect work together not just people. And maybe to understand the process of connecting and building and extending the work of others is as human and engaging as the conversational Stream.

      Personal Learning Network - not just about people

  9. Sep 2015
    1. Bennett Merriman, young entrepreneur and director of a workforce management company, told a recent higher education conference that connectivity in our work place is important. He recommended that students should spend time developing their networks throughout their studies.
  10. Aug 2015
    1. Acquaintances, as compared to close friends, are more prone to move in different circles than oneself. Those to whom one is closest are likely to have the greatest overlap in contact with those one already knows, so that the information to which they are privy is likely to be much the same as that which one already has

      Love this. Weak ties foster diversity of people and thought in one's network.