Well, I could give a formal definition such as the one in Wikiepdia, but I think the TED video of Sugata Mitra's talk to LIFT07 in my previous post says it best. A personal learning network is the resources that you gather about yourself to help you make sense of the world and life, just as the Hole in the Wall kids in India did.
You've always had a personal learning network, starting with your mother, then your family, then your other groups. At first, you had little choice about who or what was in your personal learning network–you were born into this family and sent to that school–but that has changed. Now, you have more choice. Soon, you will have nothing but choice.
Web 2.0 has connected us to more resources than we currently have the wit to use. It has connected us to the biggest, richest, most intelligent crowd ever formed, and it has given us the tools to manage that crowd, or at least manage our interaction with that crowd. Much of this class is all about exploring this resourceful connectivity, this crowd we've joined. It's also about recognizing that you have a personal learning network and that you are at the control center of that network. Take time to view the following video from Graham Attwell and Andryan Puscuta:
So start thinking about it.
- Who makes up your personal learning network? And if you limit yourself to school, even the university, then you aren't thinking hard enough.
- What are the most important resources in your PLN?
- What is the most significant thing you learned this past week, and what role did your PLN play in that learning?