Creating my PLE for ETL523

I am having a meta-learning moment here at the beginning of ETL523, as I notice how I am preparing for my next formal learning experience…

I find myself consciously creating my Personal Learning Environment, or as Morrison calls it a “self-directed learning space”, as I:

  • Adjust my daily ISTE feed
  • Search twitter’s #tags to see where digital citizenship fits in (#digcit, #DigCitPLN, #digitalcitizenship, #DigitalWellbeing, #onlinesafgety, #digitaletiquette, #digitalfootprint, …)
  • Adjust tweetdeck
  • Add #digcit gurus & fanatics to those I follow on twitter (@DrKMattson)
  • Join a facebook group
  • Join the recommended Diigo group and brows resources
  • Add to feedly (Steve Wheeler, Lee Watanabe-Crockett & Andrew Churches, …)
  • Reaching out to my PLN, I sift through the contacts of past lecturers and fellow-students to see who they know and follow.

It is clear to me that somewhere in the past year, since I started my Med (KN & DI) studies, I have become a believer in the connectivist concept that knowledge resides in the network, or  that in the connected world we develop knowledge through a series of connections, as I have done as I spent time and energy developing connections with people, groups and organisations with common passions and interests.

  • I order a few books: Wheeler, Watanabe-Crockett & Churches, Greenhow, James, Mattson
  • I pull out a couple of old books: Mike Ribble, Jason Ohler

I create a new category in my Thinkspace blog with anticipation, because during the last module of study I learnt from Sylvia Tolisano that “Blogging is not an activity but a process” and Harold Jarche  challenges me as he finds blogging his “strongest form of learning”.

I consider and investigate new digital tools: Google keep and Tiki Toki timeline visualisation (and disregard both almost immediately). I lament the demise of Horizon Report and Wikispaces and wonder with @JulieLindsay about the cost of using “free tools”…

I reflect on how much further I start the journey this semester on the “Seven Degrees of Connectedness” (Lucier & Tolisano). Not only a lurker any longer I am keen to stretch myself and collaborate. I am ready to actively manage my learning environment, to learn, to connect, to share and to contribute to the creation of knowledge.

ETL523: Ready or not, here I come!