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Becoming Connected - with your PLN


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Find out how you can use your online connections to enhance employability and extend your professional learning opportunities.

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Becoming Connected - with your PLN

  1. 1. Transforming professional learning through Personal Learning Networks Kay Oddone PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology @kayoddone #Luleaconnects
  2. 2. The connected professional
  3. 3. “Learning through a PLN is like a good cocktail party!” Says one research participant…
  4. 4. You talk a little… You drink a little… You network a little… Contribute ConnectConsume
  5. 5. • An online network • Connections with people, information & resources • Strategically developed by an individual • Opportunities for informal learning She’s talking about a PLN – a Personal Learning Network!
  6. 6. “Online applications and services that enable communication, collaboration and content creation and sharing.” (Dabbagh & Kitsantas, 2012)
  7. 7. My PLN
  8. 8. Learning as a Connected Professional Informed by connectivist principles Informed by networked and connected learning PUBLIC PERSONAL PEDAGOGICAL Arenas of professional learning DRIVEN BY AUTONOMY DIVERSE CONNECTIONS PARTICIPATORY APPROACH Embedded in social software The PLN SOCIAL NETWORK LITERACY ACTIVE SELF DIRECTED LEARNERS SOCIAL LEARNING The learner A conceptual model Transforming professional learning to learning as a connected professional.
  9. 9. The PLN offers many types of learning… Opportunities for challenge- Leadership & innovation Professional support- Identity & reputation Knowledge & practice- Employability
  11. 11. It’s not about how many followers you have. It’s about how you interact and contribute to the network. Be a social learner
  12. 12. Use the power of the hash tag. # It helps you search across many different platforms. Be a self-directed learner
  13. 13. Connect with those who will challenge your thinking, question your practice and help you to grow by presenting you with new ideas. Be literate in social networks
  14. 14. The PLN offers individuals the opportunity to learn as a connected professional.
  15. 15. Questions & Discussion
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