Self-Directed Learning in a PLN


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    1. 1. AAACE Annual Conference, 2010 Clearwater, FL Terry Carter, Jeff Nugent, Virginia Commonwealth University Enhancing Self-Directed Learning through a Personal Learning Network
    2. 2. networked communication collective knowledge video / communicationsearch ++ resource sharing publish video communication collective knowledge resource sharing publish audiocommunication resource sharing networked communication publish images publish text networking / collaboration
    3. 3. publish media communication tools resource sharing collective knowledge social networking Platform of Participation
    4. 4. Open Educational Content
    5. 5. Self-directed Learning Knowles’s 1975 definition “a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes” (p. 18)
    6. 6. Adapted from Warlick, 2009 PLN dynamically maintained asynchronous connectionsNews, web searches Blogs, wikis, SNS Social bookmarks Social Media (Flickr, YouTube) Podcasts, open source resources RSS feed aggregator personally and socially maintained semi- synchronous connections Professional Colleagues (distant & local) Family, Friends, Others blogs, Twitter, wikis, mobile phones, SNS Learner Family, Friends Others Professional Colleagues (distant & local) Telephone, desktop teleconference, chat, IM, virtual worlds personally maintained synchronous connections
    7. 7. resource sharing Help Learners Create a PLN Model the process and share strategies Join a professional social network Begin reading & commenting professional blogs of interest Join the micro- blogging community with Twitter Expand your Web 2.0 presence with the creation of blogs, wikis, and your own SNS
    8. 8. What skills are needed to engage in learning that is open, social and networked? Simulation Distributed cognition Collective intelligence Judgment Networking NegotiationAppropriation Multi-tasking Transmedia navigation Performance through improvisation Play through experimen- tation Jenkins, 2006
    9. 9. resource sharing What Challenges Do You See in Helping Learners Become More Self- Directed through the development of a PLN?
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