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...

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...

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...

Creating Connections – understanding research terminology

If there is one thing that I have learnt in the twelve months of doctoral research I have undertaken, it is that in the Social Sciences, everyone has their own definition – for everything. Almost every word encountered, even ones you thought you understood, such as ‘paradigm’, ‘concept’, ‘model’, and ‘conceptual framework’ has many different interpretations. This does not make research easier. In fact, it makes what can be dense, heavy texts even more opaque, as terms are used in different ways, to mean different things, in different contexts. From one author/researcher to another, and even from one article to...

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...

Play, passion, purpose

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to have the opportunity to share two days leading the staff of Our Lady of the Way, Petrie, through a hands on, play focused workshop. Drawing upon a number of different sources, I designed and developed a series of discovery stations, and the teaching staff had almost two whole days to play, experiment, collaborate and investigate with as many stations as they wished. It was so much fun! In this post, I’d like to share the inspiration for these two days, a little about how the two days ran and what I learnt from the...

Naming and Taming your Network

Happy New Year! Time goes by so quickly, and it is difficult to believe that this new blog of mine is now a year old! I began this blog with the idea that I would use it to capture my reflections and learning while researching, as I commenced an Education Doctorate full time. A year on, I have articulated to a PhD, successfully passed the Confirmation stage of my study, and am now steadily working towards the part of the project that excites me the most – data collection. One of the tools I will be using for data collection is a...

Connected Learning and Open Networked Learning – a comparison

My research focuses on the personal learning networks of teachers, and how they experience professional learning through these networks. One of the defining aspects of the PLN is that it is driven strategically by the individual; the network creates an informal learning opportunity that is shaped around the thoughts, feelings and actions of the teacher, as they seek to create and remix knowledge through their connections with people and resources/information. Participating in the Open Networked Learning course (ONL162) is a slightly different, possibly more formal learning opportunity to the type of learning that occurs in a PLN. In this course, social...