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Published on February 27, 2014

Author: olgask



The presentation at the Enhancing Teaching & Learning Conference, Kansas City MO

Personal Learning Network Learning Research Olga Koz @olgakoz1 m/in/olgakoz/ Networking Collaboration

Overview Social or Informal Learning Social Media use by faculty MY PLN Social Media for faculty development

It is clearly difficult for some, who see themselves as the gatekeepers of learning, to understand that they can no longer control everything that people learn (J. Hart) Theories and approaches • • • • Social Learning (Bandura & Vygotsky) Situated learning (J. Lave and E. Wenger) Networked learning Connected Learning Manifestations • Personal Learning Environments • Personal Learning Networks

Obstacle 1: Information overload 2008 - The average American consumes 33 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words of information in a single day (Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” is only 460,000 words long) 2012 - 63 gigabytes per person per day New media consumption • Only 1/3 of consumption, but grows quickly • interactive, timedelayed, multi-tasking and interrupted viewership HMI Report/UC San Diego; USC Marshall School of Business earch/how-much-media


Obstacle 2: Faculty perception, attitudes about social media Pearson study Social Media for Teaching and Learning 2013

Personal use Professional use

Content curation skills and tools


Advantages for online and adjunct faculty

My PLN Facebook Twitter Mendeley Linkedin Social Learning Center Phinished ResearchGate Scholastica Text here Google + Ning

Scott Leslie, PLE Diagram Map of learning activity patterns, from JISC CETIS PLE Report wiki, -

Social networking sites for faculty Epernicus A place for members of scientific communities to showcase their backgrounds and expertise Profology A free social network allows HigherEd faculty, staff and administrators to connect and collaborate. Online community builder, bookmarking tool and organizer

@courosa · 6h A few resources from Today’s session on PLNs can be found at /x/rftloi #rftloi Twitter


The Educator’s PLN

Faculty Survey 1) 1. Have you seen the benefits of a PLN for your professional growth? 2) 2. What is your favorite social learning tool? 3) 3. What is one resource or tool you've learned about on social media sites that has been a game changer for you at work? 4) 4. Do you have any concerns about using social media for your learning?

Put Your PLN Here

References Bandura, A. (1977). Social learning theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. Hart, J. (2013). Throw your padlocks away. E.Learning Age, 20-21. Richardson, W., & Mancabelli, R. (2011). Personal learning networks: Using the power of connections to transform education. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. Siemens, G. (2008). Learning and knowing in networks: Changing roles for educators and designers. Retrieved from on June 23, 2011.

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