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Moving On

After 44 posts and more than 19,000 views, this will be the last post on the Learning Snippets blog. A little over 18 months ago, I took what was for me a brave step into a whole new world and wrote my first ever blog post. Since then, I’ve connected with (even met) many other tremendous people who have challenged my thinking and helped me to become better at what I do.

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has followed along; read; liked; shared; or commented on any of my posts, I’m grateful and really appreciate it. While I’m still figuring this blogging thing out as I write, the act of writing itself helps me to reflect and clarify my thoughts (and I think my writing is getting better too).

So, while I’m moving on from this blog, I have started another called Learn. Show. Repeat.

The new site has come about as a result of the experiences and influences over the past year and a half and represents how I’ve changed along the way too. I still intend to document what I’m learning but as you’ll see on the new site, I’ll also be showing more of what I’m doing in the eLearning space and sharing some valued members of my PLN that might help you too.

I hope that you’ll join me there!

Cheers,
Matt

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Thoughts on Personal Learning Networks

I started developing a personal learning network (PLN) before I knew it was called a PLN. As someone who wanted to learn more about instructional design, I started reading books and then commenting on blogs and then started following others in the L&D space on twitter. One thing lead to another and I find my PLN keeps growing! In my last blog post I shared a lot of people who I would classify as being part of my personal learning network (PLN). The list isn’t exhaustive but everyone on it has contributed in some way to my development and helped me learn more.

Originally I thought a PLN was a new  term for a Community of Practice (CoP) but a blog post by Lisa Chamberlin has helped to clarify the difference between the terms for me.

Jeff Merrell put a great blog post together that provides resources for more info into PLNs. I’ve also enrolled in Jeff’s online seminar called Exploring PLNs: Practical Issues for Organisations on the 7th of October. It will explore the question “How might it be possible for organizations and individuals alike to benefit if individuals develop personal learning networks within and outside the enterprise–namely, their employers?”  Sounds really interesting and it will also be a way help grow my own PLN via interaction with other partcipants.

What makes a PLN?

Personal: It means something to you. You choose who is part of it. You choose your level of participation and involvement.

Learning: Some form of learning takes place. It could be via a sharing information or in response to a question or from an alternate point of view or from a discussion or from working towards a common goal/interest. You could even provide the learning for someone else.

Network: A group of interconnected people spread out all over the world. Having this kind of network is much different to ‘networking’ and I think it’s because of the personal nature of it. Networking tends to have connotations of connecting with people because you might want to do business with them in the future. PLNs are more about learning and sharing.

I’ve blogged before about self-determination theory and motivation. Here’s how I think  PLN’s satisfy our basic psychological needs:

Autonomy: I can engage with anyone as much as I want, whenever I want. You choose who to surround yourself with. It’s your network to create.

Competence: your PLN can develop your competence by being involved with them, by learning from the experience others or from providing feedback to you if you put something out there.

Relatedness: you are interacting and connecting with people from all over the world who work in the same industry/area as you.

Maybe that’s why PLNs help contribute towards our motivation for learning?

It’s also possible that you may not have met ‘members’ of your PLN in person. I read a recent blog post by Helen Blunden who was able to meet people in her PLN. That’s something I’d like to do over time. So far, I’ve been able to meet a couple (Ryan and Con) and it was really cool to chat with them and get to know them a little on a personal level.

A great benefit of a PLN is that it makes you feel part of something and this quote sums it up nicely:

untitledWhat do you think about Personal Learning Networks?

Image quote by Kathy Kaldenburg

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Personal Learning Network

 

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‘In the begining…’

This is my first blog post. I’ve never written a blog before but I figured hey, you need to start somewhere, so here goes.

I’ve been working in Learning & Development since mid 2007. I started as a classroom trainer and a little over 2 years ago, I moved into e-learning instructional design (although I have designed plenty of classroom courses as well). I love instructional design – the challenge of it, the creative process, working with others, the variety, and the (generally) interesting topics. I’m keen to learn more and become a better designer and as a result I’ve become a member of some associations, I’ve joined groups via LinkedIn and I subscribe to the twitter feeds of people from the learning industry.

I was reading an online article the other week and it used a term ‘lurkers’ to describe people who subscribe to information but who generally sit on the sidelines and don’t participate. It some ways it sounds a bit creepy. However, it really summed me up, as I tend not to say very much in discussions but I’m still keen to learn from the experiences of others. For me this blog is about coming out of the shadows and getting more involved in the industry and to share my point of view. Sometimes the hardest part is taking that first step so that’s what I’m hoping to do by writing this blog. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience to me or you’re at the same stage as me in your career.

My intention is to write about topics that relate to learning and what I’m learning as I carve out my own career. So, if you are reading this feel free to share your thoughts.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Starting Out

 

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