Digital Me: My Identity Online for ONL161

Digital Me! As part of my participation in Open Network Learning 161 MOOC, I am pausing to reflect on who I am online. This is quite serendipitous, because I am also working part time as a sessional academic for the subject ‘Social Technologies’ in the Bachelor of Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology, and one of the students’ first tasks is to blog about their online identity also. I have a pretty unique name; I think I am the only Kay Oddone in Australia; and so online when you ‘google’ me, I pop up pretty quickly. Thankfully everything that...

Understanding Connected Learning – Part One

We have moved from the information age, to the connected age, says President and CEO of Educause, Diana Oblinger (2013). The connected age is enabled by technology that is designed for user contribution – the systems which allow for “the architecture of participation“(O’Reilly, 2004). In the connected age, where information resides is not important; it is the connection we can make to the information, and to each other, and the value of these connections that are vital (Oblinger, 2013). The word connection, from Latin connectere, where con means ‘together’ and nectere to ‘bind’ (Oxford dictionary) defines a relationship in which...

PLE or PLN or LMS or OLN?

So many acronyms! Before I begin: PLE = Personal Learning Environment PLN = Personal / Professional Learning Network LMS = Learning Management System OLN= Open Learning Network What these all mean is the subject of some debate, but my (current) interpretations of these terms will become clear in the blog post below! This post was prompted by my enrolment in an online MOOC, Open Network Learning. This course is being run for the third time, out of Karolinska Institutet, Lund University and Linnaeus University  based in Sweden, as well as Varsity College (an educational brand of The Independent Institute of...

Twitter’s Tough Love

Last week, when #RIPTwitter was trending, I had a chat online with a few valued members of my PLN about what the proposed changes meant for us. I wrote about the discussion in my previous post, because it was a great example of a PLN in action. For those not aware, ‘leaked’ information led us to believe that Twitter was going to change their traditional chronological timeline to something closer to Facebook’s arrangement, where posts that are ‘most popular’ as measured by a secret algorithm appear first, rather than the most recent. Those of us using Twitter as a learning...

My PLN in action – real life examples of informal Professional Learning

So I’ve spent the past 2 weeks reading research papers, articles on professional learning for teachers and professional/personal learning networks and books by David Weinberger and George Siemens. I still feel as though I have only scratched the surface when it comes to understanding the academic side of social media being used as a source of informal professional learning for teachers. What I do know, though, is that professionally and personally, I love being able to connect with other professionals online. This weekend, I have experienced several examples of how powerful having a professional presence online, and a PLN can be....

PLN=Plenty of Learning Needed: Getting to grips with a different way to learn

Knowledge now lives not just in libraries and museums and academic journals. It lives not just in the skulls of individuals. Our skulls and our institutions are simply not big enough to contain knowledge. Knowledge is now a property of the network…(Weinberger, p12, 2011). Living in 2016, the internet is part of life for almost all Australians. In 2012-13, 83% of the population were internet users, and those in the 15 to 17 years age group had the highest proportion at 97% (ABS, 2014). Worldwide, the internet has penetrated almost 50% of the global population (2015, www.internetworldstats.com). It is fair...