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 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.

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.