Blog Post 6.1

Personal Learning Network

A keynote address by John Bohannon, found at http://www.online-educa.com/audio-video-1003, talks about how Google and Wikipedia have replaced family and friends as our goto locations for knowledge. I remember when I was younger, my first goto person for information was my mum. Now whenever I need information, I tend to search the Internet – often through Google. I myself used to be the goto person for my friends when it came to music trivia – for some reason I was music trivia sponge. While I still retain a certain amount of music trivia knowledge, I no longer actively seek to store new music trivia – this can easily be found in Wikipedia.

Our guest lecture this week dealt with Personal Learning Networks (PLNs):

Thinking about my current PLN, I have tended to stay away from online social networking – viewing it as somewhat of a waste of time. However, online social networking can actually be a vital part of a PLN – corresponding with people you ordinarily wouldn’t communicate with in the offline world. Also, as far as dealing with the mass of Internet links to online information, I have tended to push my Internet history to breaking point, and have a mass of links in my browser favourites. However, an online service like Delicious can be used instead to store these links – something I will setting up. I have not really setup an online portfolio yet, but I have been thinking for a while about setting up a profile on LinkedIn to advertise myself to potential employers – I will have to get onto this soon, as I am now nearing the end of my studies. Wikis, blogs and forums have been, and will continue to be, a big part of my PLN.

My current PLN diagram:

My Original PLN

My future PLN diagram:

Including more online social networking in my PLN will increase my base for gaining information, therefore giving me a learning edge I don’t currently have. Keeping track of important Internet links in an organised way will enable information to be extracted from the Internet quicker (instead of trolling through the browser history looking for links), also providing an increased learning edge, as more time can be spent learning.

Another PLN presentation: