Create a personal learning network with Twitter Presentation to UJ Tuesday MA meeting on 29 November 2010 By Carina van Rooyen
Changing landscapes in learning Teacher Learner Teaching Learning Blurring boundaries Slide source: Conole 2010 Content Activities Real space Virtual space
Formal and informal learning Informal learning Formal learning 80% 20% Slide source: Cofer in Wheeler 2010
Self-organised learning Formal learning Informallearning Self-organised learning Slide source: http://www.equal-works.com in Wheeler 2009 Students take responsibility for their own learning
Where do you get help from now? Supervisor Other experts Printed material in library Internet Co-students Other
Where get info from? Can you get expertise, support, etc. also from here?
Characteristics Content is free Content is abundant Content is varied Sharing / collaboration is easy Socially based Network is valued Peer critiquing Personalisation Open practices Adapted from Weller 2010
Constructivism Learn by doing! To ‘learn’ is to practice and reflect
Connectivism We live in a techno-social world Learning occurs inside and outside of people – we store our knowledge in computers and in other people ~ George Siemens Slide source: Wheeler 2010 George Siemens www.connectivism.ca/ http://www.sciencedaily.com
In connectivism, learning involves creating connections and developing a network. It is a theory for the digital age drawing upon chaos, emergent properties, and self-organised learning. (Wikipedia) Source: Wheeler 2009
Community of practice Group of people who share interest / craft / profession; in process of sharing info and experiences learn from one another (Weller 2010) http://www.flickr.com/photos/antphotos/3489600094/
Learning webs Slide source: Wheeler 2009 http://blogs.silverlight.net http://sm.irsd.k12.de.us From this .... ..... To this
PLE Move from expert developed knowledge to collaborative forms of knowledge construction (Graham Attwell) PLE is environment for person to manage knowledge & connections PLE is tool intended to immerse yourself into the workings of a community This is how you practice being person with characteristics of that community, i.e. researcher Adapted from Downes 2010
PLE & PLN (for professional development) PLEs are not only personal web tools and personal learning networks. PLEs are much wider than this, taking in experiences and realia, as well as learning through TV, music, paper based materials, radio & more formal contexts Personal learning network Personal learning environment Learning content is not as important now as where (or who) to connect to, to find it Slide source: Wheeler 2010 Personal web tools PWTs are any web tools, (usually Web 2.0) chosen by learners to support their lifelong learning Source: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-ple.html
It’s all about who you follow… Adapted from Lingardet al 2010 …and being followed!
Finding the right people to follow Find people Id people you admire in your research field; find them on Twitter via Twitter Search Read bios of people on Twitter to see if share interest Explore their network / lists Scan Twitter lists/ directories Listerious TweepML Ask!
DO Use good language Make it relevant Share good resources Ask questions and give answers/opinions Think before you tweet Be yourself!
DON’T Use ALL CAPS (it is screaming) Forget to credit those tweets that you are passing on (RT) RT makes people aware that you value their work & build stronger network
THINK OF YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT Professional identity Privacy
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Conole G 2010 The changing landscape of educational practice. Presentation to NADE annual conference in Harten (Norway) on 18 November Downes S 2010 Pedagogical foundations for personal learning. Presentation in January Downes S 2009 Learning 2.0: Learning today and tomorrow. Presentation on 16 April Ebner M 2010 Academic use of microblogging. Presentation at #AIECS10. Available online at http://elearningblog.tugraz.at Kadle A 2010 Elements for constructing social learning environments. http://www.upsidelearning.com/blog/index.php/2010/03/10/elements-for-constructing-social-learning-environments/ Lingard M, McNeill A & Cann AJ 2010 Using Twitter in (higher) education. Powerpoint presentation at the ATL workshop at Nottingham on May 2010 Pacansky-Brock M Your hybrid classroom: Will you change your paradigm? Weisgerber C 2010 Tweet your way to success. Presentation to St Edward’s PRSSA Twitter workshop Weller M 2010 A pedagogy of abundance. Wheeler S 2010 Communities, spaces and pedagogies for the digital age. Wheeler S 2010b Learning management system and personal learning environment: A bridge in the clouds? Wheeler S 2009 It’s personal: Learning spaces, learning webs. Images not acknowledged on slide was taken from Google Image