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Expanding Your Knowledge Base with a Personal Learning Network


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Learn how to harness emergent trends in your field by developing and curating a personal learning network (PLN). Use digital curation technologies to capture what's going on regarding a particular topic in your social network to learn on your own time from digests or archived content.

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Expanding Your Knowledge Base with a Personal Learning Network

  1. 1. Creating Personal Learning Networks & Environments Sandra Annette Rogers, Ph.D. Expanding Your Knowledge Base
  2. 2. PLE Defined Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) are formed to provide a depository or online treasure chest of great ideas and tech tools that you or your peers discover. You can have a shared PLE or an individual one.
  3. 3. PLN Defined Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are formed to guide our independent or group learning goals and professional development needs within a dynamic flow of information from our peers’ discoveries or that of our own.
  4. 4. Community of Practice vs. PLN What is the main difference between a Community of Practice (CoP) and a PLN? The CoP is managed by a community manager whose knowledge of their field will ensure that the content is consistent with the needs of its organizational members. In contrast, PLNs are managed by individuals or groups from various organizations.
  5. 5. EXAMPLES of PLN TOOLS  Facebook Groups  Feed from Twitter lists or a Twitter app like  Wikis, Moodles, or project sites on Sakai  Blogs, RSS Feeds, or Google Reader  Social bookmarking sites like Diigo, StumbleUpon, or  Sharing PowerPoint presentations on SlideShare as a group  Email Listserves of Professional Organizations
  6. 6. My PLN & PLE PLATFORMS , an e-newspaper compiled of my twitter list of online language and technology educators and technology innovators  Email listserves of several Educause constituent groups  Facebook group for professional associations’ special interest groups such as AECT’s distance education.
  7. 7. My Personal Learning Network The Online Educator on consists of my Twitter list of global leaders in the field of computer-assisted language learning:
  8. 8. Use of to Enhance your PLN I recorded this screencast to share with my Twitter followers. It demonstrates how I use to capture the tweets from my Twitter list of professional online educators to form my e- newspaper, The Online Educator. The purpose of this paper is to learn about the latest Web 2.0 tools and effective online teaching practices. is a schematic way to organize knowledge into easily assessable content. -
  9. 9. Benefits of PLNs  No time constraints  Ongoing, continuous learning provides a deeper understanding of a given topic  Access to subject matter experts or mentors that may be miles away from you  Free professional development  Possibility of new tribes forming, professional connections being made  Endless opportunities to focus precisely on your personal learning objectives.
  10. 10. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us (2012) “Geography used to be important…Now, the Internet eliminates geography…There’s an explosion of new tools available to help tribes we’re forming. Facebook and Ning and Meetup and Twitter… There are literally thousands of ways to coordinate and connect groups of people that just didn’t exist a generation ago…All of it is worthless if you don’t decide to lead.” Seth Godwin
  11. 11. Analysis of Types of Learning Formal PD PLEPLNCan you describe the difference between a PLN & a PLE? Learning Goals How about the difference between a formal PD & PLN/PLE?
  12. 12. Comparison & Contrast of PD Formats Answer: PLNs/PLEs differ from formal PD in that they are generally an online form of continuous learning with no preset agenda.
  13. 13. Non-Examples of PLN Facebook Groups for… Twitter users that… Wiki uses that… Blogs that… administrative procedures and decision-making processes Follow a hashtag(#) w/o interaction have links that are out- dated don’t provide resources, a blogroll regular class on a subject vs. learning about learning (metacognitive activities) Follow someone but never interact are never revisited don’t talk about learning goals & growth project coordination without investigation Lurk don’t allow for comments don’t allow for comments
  14. 14. Contact Me  Website:  Blog:  Twitter: @teacherrogers