More on developing my Professional Learning Network

Before I undertook this course I did not have a structured online professional learning network (PLN). To find information I used RSS feeds to read blog posts from people I liked to follow and I surfed the net and saved things I was interested in to my account. This surfing also increased the amount of information coming into via RSS feeds to my Reader. My research was rather ad hoc and I was just a looker. I did not participate in any dialogue.  This course has taught me that to learn and grow I need to be more participatory both online and offline. It is dialogue, feedback and reflection that is combined with prior knowledge to create new learning.

In an effort to develop my  PLN I have become a member of several Communities of Practice (CoP) where I can access information, contribute to discussions, share resources and establish, strengthen and maintain relationships. I joined –

Classroom2.0 online  

 as well as  Learn Central 

and E- learners  Gippsland Region.

 I have also established a Twitter account @lizzyslinks to both glean and spread information and comments. My blog and facebook page also give me an avenue to connect and share.

BLOGGING- my experiences

I have come to realize that a blog is not just an online diary or online publishing. Blogging is more like a dialogue because someone comments via a blog post and others post comments about that blog post. Those comments can be encouraging, questioning or agreeing and the ability to comment and re comment extends the initial entry into a dialogue. Comments are feedback and can provoke further thinking and learning. It is a good idea to post replies to the comments you receive on your blog because it helps to make and establish connections.

Thought needs to be given to the creation of blog posts if they are going to be meaningful to others. Blog etiquette rules should be considered. Things like good grammar, respecting copyright and being careful about what information you share are important. Being able to accept feedback gracefully and thoughtfully is also important.

Blogs posts can be prepared in advance or off line and posted at a later time. A blog can be a repository as well as a diary and it can be an avenue for you  to communicate with others outside your immediate network .By being a blogger -it makes you a global digital citizen- out there for all the world to see.

Reflection – experimenting with Veezzle

I have signed up with Veezzle – a free stock photo search engine
Port of Liverpool building - reflection on black marble revisited © Liz



© Liz

This photo makes me think that reflection is thinking about things in different ways, from different angles, bit by bit to find new meaning and understanding. And no – the Liz who took the photo is not this Liz.

 I have tonight put my critical incident into the forum. Feedback appreciated.

Reflection and reflective practices

I think a light has just been turned on!

This course has made me realise what a solitary and insular person I am or have become. I keep myself within my own four walls; I think about what I do and how I do it; about what happened and why; about what I do and how I could do it better- but I do not purposefully engage with others to help me deepen my understanding through feedback. I do not seek evaluation of my performances from others and up until this course it did not bother me that I had not actually had any formal staff appraisal since my job in the State Bank of Victoria in 1987. Self employment is some of the reason for this situation. That process of reflecting on my performances and interacting with others who can help me build on my strengths and achievments, I now realise could have benefited me. I could have interacted more effectively to estalish both trust and respect and build and share wisdom. Perhaps I need to find someone who will both support and challenge me, as I go forward, to improve my reflective practices and learn to accept and give feedback so that I benefit both personally and professionally and change the areas of my interactions that I have now identified need changing. If I practice this new skill I may be able to deepen my understanding of what I know and how I apply it. This will enable me to constructively think and then act in an effort to improve my work performances. This may lead to the development greater appreciation, understanding and expertise.plug-in-nl-pig Image from Burchetta Hotglass Inc.

Damnation Damnation Damnation!

Having put in some serious thought and crafted the sections of goals of my resume within Mahara- I forgot, yes, I forgot to press save at the bottom of the page. What a waste of my time. I was so angry with myself. And I had it firmly in my head that I had to remember to save before going on to the next tag so I can just try harder next time to think before I move about within my ePortfolio.

More about my support network and how I am going to strengthen it

My support network consists of actual people I see face to face(family, friends, peers, supervisors, etc ) as well as the online connections that I have made to learn from, communicate with and share thoughts, experiences and resources with. This online part of my support network is what I am now going to specifically concentrate on strengthening. I am going to concentrate on a few Communities of Practice that best suits my interest area and involve myself in discussion groups and increase my learning through reading and participation. I am also going to continue to read blogs that interest me via Google Reader but in future I am going be a bit more interactive and leave a few comments. Twitter is my new friend and I am going to utilize its benfits to help me keep informed , learn and stay connected.
I will still endeavour to strengthen and cultivate my physical network through engagement and open dialogue. Wish me well.

Photopeach – Where is Ms Lizzy?

During my exploration into Web2.0 tools I had a play around with Photopeach which is an easy to use slideshow application. Here is the link to what I created. I could not download it because I was using the free version. The paid version is $3 per month. I found this application through the Go2Web20 site which is great resource of quick links to numerous web2.0 tools. It has been sorted into categories to help you find an application easily.