Week 2 starts July 1st!
Thank you everyone for your contributions, reflections, and conversations so far. #DigPINS is the kind of learning experience that works best when we interact and learn from one another, so thank you for all of your sharing.
Some of the guiding questions this week include:
- Who do you interact with online?
- How do you find and join networks?
- What are your current networks?
- Can an institution, organization, office, or department have a digital identity and participate in a network? How is that different from an individual?
- What are the affordances and limitations of particular networks?
Personal Learning Network (PLN)
#DigPINS explores digital networks from the perspective that who you interact with, and how you interact, informs and shapes your digital identity. It is important to point out that #DigPINS itself is a network. There is the network of UM-D folks who are participating together, the larger network of those from other schools, and then the even larger network of those who have taken #DigPINS in the past.
As we begin to talk about digital networks, we start to talk about being more resident and yes more resident in more public places. One way to think about building connections in a way that is meaningful from an academic context is by thinking of it in terms of the Personal Learning Network or PLN.
For instance, Taylor Jadin, Joe Murphy, Damien Michaud, and I are part of a larger network of folks who work around instructional design, educational technology, and digital pedagogy. There is a lot of overlap in our PLNs and this week we will introduce you to some of the people, groups, and topics that we learn from online.
Things to do this week:
- Watch this video from our facilitators:
- Continue conversation on Slack and get a blog post out about digital networking – check discuss.digpins.org for blog posts from other schools
- Play the Nicky Case narrative game The Wisdom and/or Madness of Crowds to dip your toe into the world of network science. Note that this experience has lots of little call-outs with extra information – read and interact with what you are drawn to.
- Video call with Rajiv Jhangiani July 5th at 1pm EST – Ravij is Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, author of Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science, and the co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook.
- Prep for video call – To prepare for this call and to get familiar with Rajiv’s work you should read/watch Open Educational Practices in Service of the Sustainable Development Goals, on his blog.
- Register for the call – You can register using this google form.
- Develop your Twitter network –
- Check out the list of suggested twitter accounts (and hashtags) from the #DigPINS facilitators – follow accounts that look interesting to you
- Start looking for environments and individuals who are working in the public in areas that you are interested in professionally and academically. Connect with ones that you feel an affinity towards.
- Tweet using #DigPINS – We want to continue having conversations in Slack and on the blog, but this week think about what it would mean to have a digital identity that is a little more public. Our #DigPINS tag on twitter has been active for several years so check it out and think about contributing (disclaimer: if you have concerns about working in the public due to security or privacy make appropriate decisions for yourself and if you have any questions feel free to talk to me). New to Twitter? Check this out.
- What to tweet about –
- Consider posting your blog post on twitter to promote it to the broader community
- Have examples of your work in public scholarship or pedagogy – share them with us
- Come across other takes on digital identity, networks, pedagogy, or scholarship – tweet them
- What to tweet about –
- There are 2 readings this week, all linked below. Be sure to read Rajiv’s blog post before the video call with him on the 5th!
- Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online – Maha Bali
- Hatching a PLN – Terry Greene
Alternate readings (if you want more)
- Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy – Alison Seaman
- Digital Identity in a World that Never Forgets – Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt
Looking forward to Week 3
Next week we will be doing a video call with Dave Cormier and doing a public social annotation exercise of a recent blog post of his using a web annotation tool called hypothes.is. If you want to get a head start on next week you can read Dave’s blog post Who is going to help build a pro-social web?