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Beyond Safe Harbours

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Beyond Safe Harbours

  1. 1. Beyond safe harbours: Teachers’ experiences of professional learning through personal learning networks. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/09/17
  2. 2. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 2 Introduction For school teachers, effective, ongoing professional learning is a lighthouse, burning amid the swells of change, increasing complexity and growing accountability requirements.
  3. 3. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 3 Research Question How do teachers experience professional learning through personal learning networks (PLNs)?
  4. 4. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 4 Professional Development Professional Learning (teacher as empty vessel/ receiver) (teacher as active learner/ co- constructor) (Calvert, 2016; Webster-Wright, 2009)
  5. 5. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 5 The variety and depth of professional learning experiences possible through interacting with online PLNs. A significant knowledge gap:
  6. 6. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 6 • An online network • Connections with people, information & resources • Strategically developed by an individual • Providing access to informal learning A personal learning network?
  7. 7. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 7 Theoretical lens • Networked learning (Harasim, Hiltz et al., 1995; Haythornthwaite, 2000; Jones, 2008) • Connectivism (Downes, 2007; Siemens, 2005) • Connected learning (Ito, Gutiérrez et al., 2013)
  8. 8. Knowledge is… Knowledge is distributed and socially constructed Learning is… Learning is an active process driven by the learner The learner is… The learner is autonomous and driven by own goals The role of social software is… Social software enables connections & spaces for learning Networked learning Connectivism Connected Learning PLN
  9. 9. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 9 Methodology A qualitative, collective case study approach (Simons, 2009)
  10. 10. Data collection process begins Convenience sampling Feb 2017- March 2017 April 2017 May 2017- July 2017 June 2017- December 2017 Recruitment & Selection of 10 participants (Purposive Sampling using snowball technique) Data analysis begins
  11. 11. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 11 Switzerland Russia China Vietnam Australia New Zealand Global participation
  12. 12. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 12 Findings Transforming professional learning to learning as a professional
  13. 13. Tier three- enhancing professional recognition Tier two- enhancing knowledge of self as a professional Tier one - enhancing content knowledge and practice Learning as a professional through a PLN
  14. 14. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 14 Learning as a Professional Tier one – enhancing content knowledge and practice I'd been watching a lot of people talking about project based learning...people who were sharing stuff in that space...watching what she was modelling I suppose really helped me believe that I could do it as well. And I also contacted her... So that interaction led to me working with a team in Year 10 at my school on project based learning. (Jas)
  15. 15. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 15 Learning as a Professional Tier two – enhancing knowledge of self as a professional you find yourself surrounded, sometimes, by people who just don't understand what it is that you're trying to do, or what it is that you're trying to say, or how you're trying to do things, you feel isolated and you feel alone. And having an online PLN, again it makes you think oh! I'm not alone! there are people out there who are trying to do things this way. (Stell).
  16. 16. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 16 Learning as a Professional Tier three – enhancing professional recognition Yesterday…there was an email, from one of the producers of the Feed on SBS...she was looking to put together an item for The Feed on the future of the Maker Movement. I'd been tweeting about the Maker movement from the conference in Sydney, my name came up, she went straight from there to Twitter, got the email address that's associated with the account, and now she wants to come over with a film crew and film something at the school. (Sean)
  17. 17. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 17 Learning as a Professional Learning as a professional When teachers learn as professionals, they acknowledge their desire for continuing growth of their expertise, and they open themselves to learning about their own place within the wider profession of education. I really think that PLNs are becoming more and more impossible not to have. I think as a professional educator I don't see how you can function effectively and grow well without something. (Chris)
  18. 18. Kay Oddone HDR Conference 04/11/17 18 Conclusion Towards an understanding of teachers as connected teachers
  19. 19. Beyond safe harbours: Teachers’ experiences of professional learning through personal learning networks. Kay Oddone @kayoddone www.linkinglearning.com.au HDR Conference 04/09/17 Thank you!

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