Personalised Learning through the PLN

I have been thinking a lot about the value of connections in a PLN and whether or not creating your PLN using a combination of openly networked platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, blogging, G+ etc) enables a more ‘personalised’ experience. @willrich45 @soozietwits Personalised learning can never be ‘delivered’; it must be created by the learner themselves using connections within & beyond their network — Kay Oddone (@KayOddone) April 11, 2017 Just what do you mean by open? I realise that a social network such as Facebook is not necessarily the most ‘open’ of spaces. Having just watched the 4 Corners episode entitled Cracking the...

Digital Footprints – mine, yours, ours

This week I have begun participating in a MOOC being run by the University of Edinburgh about our digital footprint. As I am deeply entrenched in PhD research regarding personal learning networks (PLN), the concept of a digital footprint is of course extremely interesting to me, because learning through a PLN leaves indelible traces all over the internet – wherever, in fact, you connect and learn with others. Gaining a well developed online presence is one of the many benefits of learning through a PLN – your connections, the learning and knowledge that you share, the things you discover and...

Innovate or Transform…

21st Century Digital… What? We are seventeen years into the ’21st century’, but for education, I’m not sure that we realise this yet. There is shared agreement that schooling in its current form, is not necessarily synonymous with learning, nor preparing students for what Jan Owen,CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, says is a ‘new work order‘. Excited to be presenting @EduTECH_AU #FutureSchools Expo this morning on preparing young ppl for the #NewWorkOrder #enterpriseskills pic.twitter.com/bN2JZG9IuD — Jan Owen (@JanOwenAM) March 22, 2017 Old models, which futurist and architect Prakash Nair calls ‘cells and bells‘ will not help students develop...

Effective Professional Learning – Strategies for Implementation

One of the reasons that I am completing my PhD is because I want to learn more about how I can provide effective professional learning opportunities. Part of my literature review focused on what makes effective professional learning, and I have spent today thinking about different strategies for implementing meaningful learning. As I know we are all time poor, and that my last few posts have been rather text heavy, I have collated my thinking as an infographic. I think it is more practical as a poster/presentation, as the goal is that this document may be a focus for discussions...

Understanding Affordances Part Two

The wonderful thing about sharing your learning openly on a blog is that people comment on your posts and contribute to your learning. Yesterday, shortly after I published the first post in this series, the post was commented on by Jenny Mackness, a scholar whose work I very much admire. She shared with me two links, full of fantastic information about affordances, and exploring this information has filled my day today. I love how blogging ‘affords’ these connections with others who are interested in similar topics, and the way that the commenting feature ‘affords’ the ability to share information (see what...

Understanding Affordances Part One

The concept of affordances is a slippery one. Although it seems simple enough on the surface, when you begin digging a little deeper, things become confusing. Hence this series of posts. In part one, I explore what the concept of affordance means, and identify my suggestions as to the affordances of a personal learning network. In part two, I will present some suggestions of what may be some of the affordances of a PLN, based upon the research in part one. I hope you find this interesting and useful! There is a great deal of ambiguity and confusion over the term affordance,...

Theories of Connected Learning

The simplest way to define a theory is that it is a way of explaining how something works, or why something happens the way that it does. To understand connected learning, and to create effective connected learning environments, we need to understand how learning happens. Several wise people (their names are listed in the reference list at the end of the infographic) have developed explanations, or theories, as to how learning happens. These theories are very extensive, because learning is complex, and happens in different ways according to the context, the individual and the circumstances. What I present below is...

Connected Learning for the Curious: A podcast by Laura Gogia

Yesterday I tuned in to the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast episode which features Laura Gogia. Laura is an inspirational advocate and expert in connected learning, having recently graduated with her PhD investigating the “(potential) role of digital annotations* in edu-blogging and tweeting assessment.” I really enjoyed listening to her podcast, which reinforced many of my own understandings and beliefs about connected learning, but also provided insights into some different perspectives as well. I have summarised the podcast in the form of an infographic (multimodal literacy!) and include it here for you, however I do also encourage you to take time...

Designing learning in an open world

In one week I will be once again taking on the role of co-faciliator in the online open course Open Networked Learning. I’ve written before about my experiences with this course, and you can read my reflections on my first experience of the course, as a student, and my most recent experience as a first-time co-facilitator. As I met with the PBL Group facilitator I will be working with in this iteration, Alistair Creelman our discussions turned to the extensive ‘behind the scenes’ work which occurs before every iteration of ONL. Even though the course is designed to enable and encourage...