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...

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me…

So 2016 has arrived, and it certainly is a new dawn for me. Taking leave from Brisbane Catholic Education, which has been my employer for the past eighteen years, I have taken a leap of faith, and have enrolled to be a full time doctoral student, completing (hopefully!) the Doctor of Education course through Queensland University of Technology. Almost all of my previous studies have been part time while working full time, and so I am very excited about the idea of actually having time to read and reflect, write and think; rather than squishing it all into evenings and...