A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a tool that allows people to connect and collaborate with others to share resources and knowledge. These are essential for everyone. From beginners who want to learn more about a topic, to experts who can share their experience, or perhaps learn from someone who has had a different approach. My PLN consists of my eport which I like to use to share facts about the natural world. It also reflects back to IDS and how it is a huge aspect of how I learn. My knowledge is derived from topics I learn in class or from articles I read on subjects I am interested in. I began building my PLN by creating the basis of what I wanted to learn, which I could than translate into knowledge and facts for others to read and learn from (and hopefully find as interesting as I did 🙂 ). By referring back to and quoting articles, readers are able to go to those sources and dive even deeper into the topic if they so choose. While I have much to learn in my field, I love sharing what I have learned so far with anyone who is interested.
Open pedagogy is a way that teachers/professors can use knowledge outside of the textbook and give students more options when getting their education. It allows students to interact with other learners. The information available is current, and is always up to date. It is also open to everyone. You don’t need to be a college student to obtain this information. Open resources such as these are able to be distributed, shared and tweeted with or by anybody who has the goal of attaining knowledge on their minds. “I now see the world a bit differently, and find myself constantly connecting everything I do/ come across. I find myself thinking a lot more about the world that I am in and what I have to gain from it. Information is no longer something that is given and received but is something that is shared.” This is how Miranda Dean described what her open pedagogy class taught her about how valuable sharing information can be in her article, “What an Open Pedagogy Class Taught Me About Myself”. Which is exactly how this type of resource should be viewed. It’s a great opportunity for students, or people who just want to learn, to share information with one another.
My PLN has really helped me share my knowledge, as well as gain from others. My major consists of doing research. While most will be on my own, I will also collaborate with others who have perhaps done it before, or reference others who have preformed similar research ideas. Referring to and quoting articles was a huge chunk of the information in my PLN. Without these sources, how would ay of us really learn? While textbooks can be resourceful, we won’t truly gain the knowledge we desire without the guidance and sharing of others.
A few twitter moments…
4 February 2019 UPDATE:
I have not kept up with my PLN as well as I had anticipated. During my first semester in IDS, we were encouraged to use twitter as our platform. Never having used twitter before, I was hesitant. Even over the course of the semester I had trouble remembering to make posts or even share relevant posts that others had made.
I really want to make my PLN effective this semester. I want to motivate myself to put the effort in to make post pertaining to my cause. Social media is a huge platform and has an influence over almost everyone. If i can spread my knowledge and inform others of the importance of the environment and protecting it to the best of our ability, I will be doing my job as a future conservationist/ecologist. I really want to inspire people to be as invested in the natural world as I am. It’s really cool to know that I have the power to influence people and get them interested in these topics just by posting about them on social media. I’m really going to push myself to make meaningful posts that get people thinking. I’m hoping to posts that relate to my own life and experiences to make it more personal. I know I especially find it more enjoyable to follow a person on social media that shares a bit of their life as well as what’s going on around them. I’ll make an even bigger effort this semester to keep up with my PLN. I may not post everyday, but at least a few times a week and keep it as consistent as I can. I’m hoping that with my posts I can inspire my followers to be as invested in the natural world as I am.