Networked Learning Conference presentation: Transforming professional learning through Personal Learning Networks

It has been a long held ambition to attend and participate in the biennial Networked Learning conference. Modelling the open, networked learning practices they research, the conference publishes the papers on their website, and I have used many of them in my thesis research. This year the conference is being held in Zagreb, Croatia, and […]

PLNs: Theory and Practice

As many of you will know, my PhD research is exploring the concept of PLNs and networked and connected learning, by investigating how teachers experience professional learning through their own PLNs. This post is based upon my research, and was created in part because I was asked by the lovely Dr Mandy Lupton to prepare a […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]