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EC&I 831 weekly reflections, Posts October 2013

PLNs- am I user or creator

After Tuesday’s EC&I class and after learning about Personal Learning Networks, I have come to realize that online, I am more often than not, a user.

What I mean is that I use my Personal Learning Networks when I need something.  If I have questions about hobbies, education, or cooking for example, I ask the advice of others either by posting a question or searching out answers to my questions.  Until I started my blog, I never really initiated a conversation for the sake of simply sharing or attracting others, at least not to the wide open online public.

I am finding though, each week after I have attended class and mulled my new learning over, I have not only an urge to share what I think I know, but more than anything, I want to hear from others.  I want to know if people agree or disagree with me.  I am curious about the experiences of others.  I want to hear other perspectives.

I admire those who’ve put themselves out on the line to ask questions or seek the comments of others such as Audri and his Monster Trap. Because of his risk taking we, his viewers, not only learnt something, but we felt we were celebrating his successes with him.

Until recently, I was a member/ follower of social circles such as Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and I followed various blogs.  In my life offline, I am member of many community organizations.  What I have come to realize is that more of these committees in my offline life are starting to move online so that connections are not dependent on weather and time, as well as we can share our message with many more people.  In addition, I started sharing information I had learned within my online social networks that were typically more about what we did on the weekend, and conversations and thought provoking questions were being asked.

So to answer Alec Couros’ question, how am I living and learning in our connected reality, I am moving from having a low profile, low communication and an as you go pace, to a higher profile, medium communication and my pace is slowly moving from as I go to streamed.

What does your personal learning network look like?

4 Faces of Personal Learning Network (w Tools)


About amandahassen

I have been working in the field of Education for the last 11 years. I am presently working as a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) consultant. I am enjoying the research and the collaboration that this jobs entails.



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