Make meaning from the bits and act to create change in education.
- Key Words: Connect, Contribute, Create, Curate
In January, 2013 an event started:Educational Technology Massive Open Online Course – ETmooc with Alec Couros as lead contributor (conspirator) and originator.
Twitter brought me to it, and a journey began, a journey whose path still is one that I choose that is connected, personalized, and collaborative, and that is inspired by the people, projects, and conversations in the various neighborhoods to which my path flows.
From #etmooc, as I reflect on that first topic of “Connected Learning,” I still believe:
- PLNs are Personal / Professional Learning Neighborhoods [thanks to Personal / Professional Learning Neighborhood (PLN) from @bhwilkoff ]
- Information Overload is managed by choosing your own path of information, connecting with others, and building on those shared ideas to make meaning [ Thanks to Topic One Post #ETmooc Google Plus: Overwhelmed, again from Ben Wilkoff @bhwilkoff
- Connected Learning builds learning, supports teaching [any expert to any novice], and develops relationships [ The Fellowship of the Open Spokes ] through conversations, sharing, collaboration, reflection
- Connected Learning is a continuum of participation that creates ripples of connections, relationships, projects, and conversations the extent of which is unknown, yet ubiquitous. [ See Seven Degrees of Connectedness by Silvia Tolisano @langwitches ]
- Connected Learning is building and molding [remixing] those shared bits of information that both fits one’s own situation and connects to others, and reflecting on, sharing, and extending the new understandings so others benefit as well as oneself [ from Going Deeper: Making Meaning Vialogue (@bhwilkoff @thecleversheep ]
Are you an experienced user of educational technology, or a novice just starting your PLN: Personal/Professional Neighborhoods?
Whichever you are, learn from #etmooc:
- Choose the connections relevant to you
- Interact as you can; keep balance in your life
- Dig deeper through reflection on the conversations, connections, and information as you apply their meaning to your life
- Share [with colleagues, through blogging, or in your online communities] the meaning, the work, the questions you’ve considered
- Curate your reflections and sources so others can view your path
If you step into refreshing online communities to both learn and share, you will also develop friends you may never meet, but whom you will treasure forever.
You can start by visiting some of the platforms on the PLN image above, especially #etmooc and Twitter #etmooc. Find Twitter users that resonate with you through Twitter chats, and then follow, comment, and connect on their blogs. [How to Twitter Chat]
So, what would you add? What did you learn about Connected Learning from #etmooc?
Topic One Post #ETmooc Google Plus: Overwhelmed
Rodd Lucier’s socialcam post, “Like Spokes on a Wheel.”
About Connected Learning
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