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Personal learning networks

  1. 1. What is a Personal Learning Network? PLNs
  2. 2. A definition“Personal learning networks are the sum of allsocial capital and connections that result in thedevelopment and facilitation of a personallearning environment.” Veletsianos, George Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (AU Press 2010)
  3. 3. Traditional: Typical Teacher NetworkImage from Couros
  4. 4. 21st Century: The Networked TeacherImage from Couros
  5. 5. PLN based on Connectivism“The learning process is cyclical, in that learners willconnect to a network to share and find newinformation, will modify their beliefs on the basis ofnew learning, and will then connect to a network toshare these realizations and find new informationonce more. Learning is considered a ‘. . . knowledgecreation process . . . not only knowledgeconsumption.’ “Kop, Rita & Hill, Adrian “Connectivism: Learning theory of the future or vestige of the past”
  6. 6. Popular tools & resources for PLN in TAFE
  7. 7. Why have a PLN?
  8. 8. PLNs central to life long learning“PLNs Central To Learning …the tremendousamount of time and effort put into thedevelopment of local , time-based, course-centric communities. The communities dieusually only days after the official end-of-coursedate. They die because they are communitiesbased around courses, not communities basedaround communal learning.”Veletsianos, George Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (AU Press 2010)
  9. 9. Open teaching facilitates learning“Open teaching is described as the facilitation oflearning experiences that are open, transparent,collaborative and social. Open teachers areadvocates of a free and open knowledge societyand support their students in the criticalconsumption, production, connections andsynthesis of knowledge through the shareddevelopment of learning networks….”Veletsianos, George Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (AU Press 2010)
  10. 10. Learning from diverse networks“the more diverse, global, and heterogeneous aset of networks that one participates in, themore learning that occurs (Boyd & Ellison,2007).”Willmarth, Stephen, Chapter 5: Five Socio-Technology Trends that Change Everything in Learning and Teachinghttp://
  11. 11. Teaching the younger generation“The new power of social media and networkingtechnologies to teach is perhaps the leastleveraged technology in formal educationsystems today. Social networking technologiesare powerful tools for enhancing the process oflearning to be, of defining our identities. Digitalsocial networks are now an essential part of theexperience of everyone under the age of 20.”Veletsianos, George Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (AU Press 2010)
  12. 12. New ways of finding and sharing information
  13. 13. From Cathedral to Bazaar“We’re forced to replace the metaphor of a treeof knowledge, organised in a Dewey decimal-likefashion, with a cloud metaphor as participantsin the information bazaar reconstruct therelevance and relationships of knowledgeartefacts in ever-changing shapes and patterns”Willmarth, Stephen, Chapter 5: Five Socio-Technology Trends that Change Everything in Learningand Teaching
  14. 14. How do I go about developing a PLN?
  15. 15. 5 Stages of PLN adoption1.ImmersionImmerse yourself into networks2.EvaluationFocus on networks you really want3.Know it allAddicted to networks of knowledge4.Perspective and put your life into perspective5.BalanceLearning and living balance
  16. 16. What teachers are saying about building a PLN
  17. 17. Shawn Avery“Making connections with other classroomteachers has provided so many learningopportunities for myself as well as my students.My teaching world was relatively sheltered upuntil this past year. I would often collaboratewith other educators within my school.However, my collaboration was confined tothat.”Shawn Avery at
  18. 18. Jo Hart“iGoogle is not the only way I keep up with my PLNbut it is a great summariser as it enables me tocheck everything out all in one place and thenchoose to move elsewhere to see more. Forexample I use Tweetdeck for most of my Twitterinteraction... In contrast I keep up with blog postsand comments using the Google Reader gadget oniGoogle and almost never accessing Google Readerdirectly for my RSS feeds. I love this as I can scan alist of titles and authors rather than scrollingthrough all of the feed contents”Jo Hart at
  19. 19. Kathleen Morris“Think you’re not interested in Twitter? Thinkagain…It differs from Facebook in that it isn’tjust about reconnecting with people youknow…Twitter is about connecting with likeminded educators for personalised and ongoingprofessional development…I find Twitter to belike a virtual staffroom where I can catch up withmy PLN”Kathleen Morris at
  20. 20. How do I manage my PLN?
  21. 21. Suggested PLN Management• iGoogle• GoogleReader• Twitter• Facebook• Personalised reader apps such as Flipboard, Zite, Pulp, which curate Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds on a mobile device• Wordpress Widget
  22. 22. Example of TAFE eHub Twitter following elearning interests
  23. 23. More Food for Thought
  24. 24. Videos• Watch the Networked Student on YouTube at• Watch Changing Education Programs at
  25. 25. Links