I have been pondering the value of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) for quite sometime. I value educators, professionals and researchers in higher education who share, connect and collaborators with me online and IRL. Here’s a great video describing how a PLN functions and works compliments of tektrekker on YouTube:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Not too long ago @clintlalonde interviewed me for his masters thesis research paper on learning networks. I agreed to this Skype interview, as PLN is a strong interested on my own research thread. A BIG thanks goes out to Clint for having me reflect on my PLN. After reviewing the transcripts from our interview, I thought I would highlight a few thoughts I shared about my PLN:
- a shared space where I connect and engage with a community of peers
- this group is a sort of a scaffold & sounding board
- a place go to for resources and ideas
- usually related to my interests or areas I want to expand upon
- technology did not create my PLN, but is is now a great and easy medium to cultivate it
- resources for personal and professional development is in the network
- 140 characters really does have value in my own educational development
- my network is varied and there is never a dull moment – this is why I stay engaged
- it has different themes within different nodes & groups
- crowd-sourcing – starts the conversation, inspires project development and collaborative initiatives
- it can evolve and it can change – the medium may change but the messages & info is always there
- I never stop learning…that’s why I heart my PLN!
Here are a few great articles and resources from educators in my PLN: