Communities of Practice, PLN, Connectivism

The assignment this week was to create a nonlinguistic representation of the major concepts discussed.  I decided to create a Glog to illustrate my understanding of Communities of Practice, Personal Learning Networks, and Connectivism.  My Glog was created using Glogster.  The images I chose depict the basics of the three major topics.  The background image is a group of individuals all connected in a network.  The tools connecting them are the social networking applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Just as the individuals are linked together, they also form a group, and to me that represents the Communities of Practice.  There are several images of groups to depict that a person may be part of multiple Communities of Practice, but together these are part of an individual’s Personal Learning Network.

Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Retrieved July 3, 2015 from www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm

Smith, M. K. (2003, 2009). Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice, the encyclopedia of informal education.  Retrieved July 3, 2015 from www.infed.org/biblio/communities_of_practice.htm.

Wagner, M. (2012, January 31). Personal learning networks for educators: 10 tips. Retrieved July 3, 2015, from http://gettingsmart.com/2012/01/personal-learning-networks-for-educators-10-tips/

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One Response to Communities of Practice, PLN, Connectivism

  1. Mister The Science Guy says:

    Elizabeth,

    I must admit, I didn’t know what a glog was. Your glog captures what I envision for many people who use social media for personal and professional use. Many family, friends and colleagues do not realize that their personal presence on social media is a part of their professional image (I know this will be discussed in the next module).

    Informal learning through social media includes learning about personal interests such as cooking, relationships, travel, hobbies… Informal learning can also encompass academic or professional pursuits as well. I am concerned that Communities of Practice and Personal Learning Network can be subject to “group think”, conformity and misinformation. Many of my educated social media connections will redistribute a story or an idea without checking its veracity. I believe that we are reticent to question or even verify information from someone we view as trustworthy or a reliable source of information.

    I am also concerned that the infrastructure of and much of the relevant content from social media is controlled by corporate interests. Facebook can (and has) manipulated feeds, Twitter can control what is trending. Google can determine the relevance of searches and so on

    Darin.

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