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 Del.cio.us 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 http://www.classroom20.com/profile/LizDiamond149
as well as Learn Central http://www.learncentral.org/
and E- learners Gippsland Region. http://gippslandregion.spruz.com/
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.