Collaborative Learning and Learning Communities

Learning is social Much of what I have been reading and reflecting on has been shaped by my belief that quite a lot of learning is social. I don’t mean social in the sense of going to a bar with friends and having a drink; I mean social as in constructed with others. While a lot of the learning that I do seems to be individual right now, it is not until I write down what I am thinking, what I believe that I have learnt and how I have connected it to previous experiences or understandings that the learning...

Informal Learning

Learning everyday In a rapidly changing world, it seems like we are learning all of the time. We are constantly bombarded with technologies which require us to learn new ways to communicate, new ways to work and even to new ways to learn. Using the internet to learn has for many of us become second nature; how often has the conversation paused while someone Googles just who did sing that song, or exactly how to travel to a restaurant? Learning is no longer limited to the first part of our lives, when our days were filled with teachers and textbooks...

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...

Learning- it’s all in the connections

Do you know a person who, completely by themselves, can  build a 747? Everything from the metal shell, the comfy (??) seats, upholstered in company fabric, the plastic tray tables, the tyres for landing, not to mention the complex electronics and massive engines required to run it? Of course not – no one on earth could hold all of this knowledge in their heads, nor possess all of the skills required to build it. The same goes for almost all of our transport today – cars contain not just engines but also computers, trains are complex creations, and ocean liners; ...

Summer School – or how much I didn’t know about research

Being a Librarian, research is part of my role. I have been asked to research all sorts of things, and generally if it is out there, somewhere on Google, or in a Database, or on a shelf in the library, I can find it. These research skills are valuable, and I am so glad that I have them – they make finding out information far more efficient. However after four days completing the QUT EdD (Education Doctorate) Summer School I have come to realise that research for higher degrees will be a much more demanding beast. Previously, when I thought of...