Stages of Personal Learning Networks Adoption
Stage 1 Immersion:
Immerse yourself into networks. Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. Collaboration and connections take off.
Stage 2 Evaluation:
Evaluate your networks and start to focus in on which networks you really want to focus your time on. You begin feeling a sense of urgency and try to figure out a way to “Know it all.”
3 Know it all:
Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. Realise there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect. This usually comes with spending every waking minutes trying to be connected to the point that you give up sleep and contact with others around you to be connected to your networks of knowledge.
Start to put your life into perspective. Usually comes when you are forced to leave the network for awhile and spend time with family and friends who are not connected (a vacation to a hotel that does not offer a wireless connection, or visiting friends or family who do not have an Internet connection).
Try and find that balance between learning and living. Understanding that you can not know it all, and begin to understand that you can rely on your network to learn and store knowledge for you. A sense of calm begins as you understand that you can learn when you need to learn and you do not need to know it all right now.
Which stage am I in?
I think I am currently experiencing stage 5 in my personal learning network (PLN) adoption. I have experimented with different connections and found the sources that suit my needs. I access certain parts of my PLN more frequently than others but have found a balance between my work and personal life. When I want to learn something new or have a question I have enough confidence to know where to look. I would like to develop more personal connections with people via social media. I mostly read and share resources that I find or seek out on social media. I would like to participate in more conversations.