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Kimberly Scott
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I finally had the chance to meet +Jennifer Rainey in person at the ACMP Chicagoland meeting last night! Possibly my very first online PLN-to-in-person connection made :-)

Here is a summary and link to my presentation. I invited the meeting participants to join us here to continue the discussion. Topic: Changing the way we develop change leadership.

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Hi everyone! Welcome to this community designed to help you explore and expand our thinking about learning and change. As a co-moderator of this community (and formerly #xplrpln), and as the Director and professor in Northwestern University's MSLOC Program, I have been fortunate to be at many intersections of learning and change. The most meaningful experiences for me have come from the connections, the sense of community and ultimately the esprit de corps that open up new opportunities for learning and professional growth. My hope is that this space will provide this for you by offering a safe, supportive place to connect, experiment and explore.

To kick off the sharing, here is a link to the Conference Board presentation that reflects in part what we learned from our #xplrpln open online seminar, and what we believe to be fertile ground for learning and development in the new learning landscape. I look forward to discussing these ideas and others in more depth here, so please introduce yourself and create a post!

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I've been searching for an article to share about OCBs in case anyone wants to explore that topic in more depth. I barely scratched the surface with my overview in our broadcast last night. Here is one chapter (looks like a draft, but a good one) that might be helpful if you want to learn more:

Did I see a request for a provocative question? From our Week 3 session, here you go (+Rick Bartlett):

The question of how to help others develop PLNs assumes that PLNs are beneficial to everyone. It's worthwhile to question this assumption and challenge yourself to consider a situation where encouraging an individual develop a PLN is not in that person's best interest. Does such a scenario exist? Can PLNs can destroy value for individuals just as they may create value?

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Kimberly Scott commented on a post on Blogger.
Great post! I share your frustrations with Twitter and it's one of the reasons why I blog. The two tools actually work well together, one for pithiness and the other for elaboration, as you've demonstrated beautifully. My mom and I can relate to your PLN definition.
Unpacking my PLN tweet
Unpacking my PLN tweet
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Latest reflections about facilitating and learning through #xplrpln.

Here is our Adobe Connect Chat conversation from the Week 2 Broadcast. This chat begins at the point where we invited everyone to indicate where on the continuum they would place their definition of PLNs (from completely personal to having clearly defined characteristics).

Deborah W Halasz:I guess I'm somewhere in the middle
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:Click on the T to type your name in a text box
  Shalinee Mattoo:I think PLN can be defined.....but PLE can be personal
  Danny Ortegon:ar begining of this class was firmly on the left,but have moved more to the right. PLNs need some structure.
  Marianne Woodward:Kimberly - having trouble hearing you
  Rick Bartlett:I lean toward the left, I find PLN very difficulty to define
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:I feel like it is worth trying to define the term even if there isn't one definition (just to wrap our arms around what it CAN mean and also what it isn't.)
  Cathy Lieberman:From the readings, there seem to be multiple definitions based on different perspectives.
  Shalinee Mattoo:For example there can be no PLN without a give and take characteristic...but you can have a PLE where you are just a lurker
  Shalinee Mattoo:;)
  Felicia:Each person's PLN might not look the same or have the same criteria, but it would seems there is enough of a definition to actually have us all be here and have some sense that there is something there
  Justin Jacques:I am more towards personal
  Deborah W Halasz:Shalinee, what is a PLE?
  Cathy Lieberman:The keyword is Personal
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:I think it matters if I am saying if it's a PLN or if someone on the outside looking in at it
  Marianne Woodward:I also  lean toward left
  julie sutter:I'm still developinig my point of view but am leaning toward "defined characteristics" - need intention, focused effort, a sense of vision & strategy and a sense of connecting to a community.
  Karla Klein:It seems like there are different definitions, as I'm reading, I've been trying to determine what I think it is :)
  Noreen Bigelow:Need something to hang your hat some definition.
  Shalinee Mattoo:Personal Learning Environment (such as for some social media forms part of their Envoirnment)
  Rick Bartlett:Thanks Shalinee- I hadn't heard of PLE before.
  Paul Signorelli 2:Power is back on, so I'm back on a desktop--which makes chat and other participation easier; may appear twice on the participant list since I'm going to keep the tablet going in case power goes out again.
  Jennifer Rainey:There does seem to be various definitions..  I just keep thinking that this is something I've had for a long time.  It just hasn't always leveraged social technology. :-)
  Deborah W Halasz:Yay, it works! Thank you for defining @Shalinee
  Merrilee Hepler:Agree that the word "personal" certainly makes it personal, but when structured might be shared and used with others.  When this happens, it seems the PLN becomes a more structured experience.
  Danny Ortegon:"Intentionality" and contribution are key for a PLN.
  Noreen Bigelow:Yes, intentionality is key!
  Deborah W Halasz:I understand that PLNs have characteristics, but I'm still unsure if certain sites/applications would be PLNs
  Danny Ortegon:easier for me to "lurk" and become passive, meandering
  Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant:I agree with Jennifer's comment.
  Kristen Corpolongo:PLN = relationship-based community. Key indicator for me is the level of engagement and connectedness. PLE - like Shalinee said, you can lurk. PLEs are more defined for me by the focus, connectedness does not need to occur.
  Marianne Woodward:But I don't think all in network need to be intentional - they may not even know they are part of someone's learning network
  Virginia Trovato:I think there is room for some serendipity though... my first look into PLNs was somewhat by chance :)
  Cathy Lieberman:Hi Merrilee.  Agreed that the experience can be structured but still think individuals have their own definitions.
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Kristen- I wonder is a PLN has to be a community. My PLN is a mix of many communities and the people don't all know each  other.
  Jennifer Rainey:I like the idea of serendipity!  Sometimes, the "networks" just seem to form based on a need.
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:meant to say 'I wonder if' (not is
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:I guess it is my Personal community with me at the center?
  Kristen Corpolongo:Keeley - good point. PLN can be community or communities.
  Shalinee Mattoo:I think instead of thinking of PLN as a community if we focus more on the word will make things easier...
  Deborah W Halasz:@Danny I find there are some PLNs where I lurk more than others. I need to find a way to stay equally active in all networks.
  Paul Signorelli 2:Really appreciate what I've seen in those varied perspectives (in the readings)particularly in Alison Seaman's article.
  Paul Signorelli 2:They sent me down several wonderful paths of exploration and deepened my understanding of what PLNs are and offer.
  Shalinee Mattoo:so we are a node in the network and we are sometimes directly linked with other nodes or indirectly
  Deborah W Halasz:reciprocation?
  Rick Bartlett:Can the relationships be at different levels? Some you know personally, others you follow, others historial figures, etc?
  Jennifer Rainey:I agree with Shalinee.  Node is a good way to say it.
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Deborah- I don't think of a PLN as a place to lurk but rather a network as Shalinee mentioned.
  Marianne Woodward:and does it need to be a particular type of learning? Does it need to be professional
  Shalinee Mattoo:sometimes there are also isolates in this network, who are not at all connected but they are lets say some gurus in the industry etc about whom we just come to know and read a book about
  Virginia Trovato:Rick, I think the relationships and participation can definitely be at different levels.
  Danny Ortegon:@deborah, so do I. However, it seems that PLNs as defined by some writers appear to have some form and interactive components. These are are things I have thought about a lot these last few days.
  Deborah W Halasz:@Marianne, I consider both professional and personal to be a PLN as long as I'm growing in some way from networking
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Shalinee- YES - there are people in my PLN who do not know they are in my PLN but I learn from them. Or maybe that dosn't count in Jeff's definition b/c I am not in relationship with them but I'm learning from them (uni-directional). Does it need to be bi-directional?
  Shalinee Mattoo:yes this network diagram----PLN as network
  Deborah W Halasz:@Keeley so if I'm not actively participating in LinkedIn for example, it wouldn't be a PLN for me?
  Jennifer Rainey:To Shalinee's point, authors can actually ignite the creation of a PLN that is not connected to the source. 
  Jennifer Rainey:LOL!  Love the visual!
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Deborah- I don't define it using tools but rather who am I learning with. Tool is just a means to the relationship.
  Karla Klein:he has intention
  Rick Bartlett:So I'm wondering, if I read a lot of Charles Dickens, does that make him part of my PLN?
  Felicia:Do relationships have to be person-to-person, or can they be person-to-object?  Person-to-organization?
  Deborah W Halasz:@keeley tool? meaning where the networking is happening? or something else?
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:good question Rick
  Virginia Trovato:@Jennifer, I agree with your idea about authors, but at some point you might connect even just by recommending/reviewing the book or blog
  Jennifer Rainey:Good question, Felicia!
  Jennifer Rainey:Is a PLN only people? 
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:@Rick, I don't think so just because you might learn from him, but you can't have a relationship.
  Rick Bartlett:@Felicia- right, can I include an organization like as part of my PLN?
  Danny Ortegon:attitude, intention and engagement
  Felicia:Rick, iI would say yes to the
  Deborah W Halasz:So we're focussing on the "teachers" and not the tools by which we find these people?
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Deborah- I think the we can have a PLN relationship that is face-to-face or by connecting on tools like G+, Twitter, LinkedIn. - the tools can change but the people are the important thing.
  Rick Bartlett:I would say I've learned a lot from historical figures. Some have shaped me in profound ways and I use that learning in how I work and create today
  Shalinee Mattoo:What differentiates PLN from social learning?
  Merrilee Hepler:When reading leads to action or advanced thought, the action is part of a PLN.
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:My employer benefits from the learning I get from my PLN
  Deborah W Halasz:@Merrilee I like that definition!
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Merrilee- yes
  Felicia:Rick, isn't the whole tradition of academia about being in "conversation" with others across time? 
  Rick Bartlett:That would be one level of the PLN like concentric circles moving toward the center with different levels of personal knowledge moving inward
  Rick Bartlett:@Felicia- Right!
  Felicia:So then do these relationships need to be reciprocol ?  Seems not.
  Paul Signorelli 2:Seems as if, in trying to define PLNs, we're facing the challenge we faced in #etmooc when we attempted to define digital literacy: the further we dive, the deeper we go without ever completely mastering that infinite ocean of possibilities.
  Tanya:I've been thinking about whether direct reciprocation is required also. I'm thinking as long as you are learning from something (e.g. can be a resource, content) it is part of a PLN - that content is ultimately created by a person...
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:@Felicia, I don't think the relationship needs to be even, I might get more out of it than you do...
  Jennifer Rainey:Or we've used the concept, "can you describe this so a 12 year old can understand?"
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Felicia- I agree with Rick - doesn't have to be even
  Merrilee Hepler:One of the ways I am thinking about PLNs is a more direct and straight forward way of benchmarking across various industries, cultures, and experiences.  The beauty of the online envrironment is access to many people I've never met before.
  Shalinee Mattoo:from brainpicking blog: A definition is a statement about a thing which includes everything the thing is and excludes everything it is not.A definition of a chair must include every chair, whether it be kitchen chair, a high chair, a dentist’s chair, or the electric chair, It must exclude everything which isn’t a chair, even those things which come close, such as a stool, a bench, a sofa.[…]I am sorry to state that until you can so define chair or door (or a thousand other everyday familiar objects) you don’t really know what these things are. You have the ability to recognize them and describe them but you can’t tell what their nature is. Your knowledge is not exact.
  Marianne Woodward:For me, a learning network is the people I reach out to for help or information or to learn from.  Same definititon for personal and professional - just different people (though there is some overlap)
  Virginia Trovato:@Shalinee- love it!
  Shalinee Mattoo:@Virginia: I read a few days back and  it was so relevant right now
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:I like the image in @MattGuyan blog post (concentric circles) - the people closer to Matt have greater reciprocity presumably.
  Felicia:What about a search engine?
  Deborah W Halasz:@Jeff so is that a yes to having subscriptions, etc as a PLN?
  Rick Bartlett:@Felicia- google speaks to me- therefore it's real :-)
  Shalinee Mattoo:@Jeff @kimberly: What is the difference between informal learning, social learning and PLN or PLEs
  Rick Bartlett:Virtual assistant?
  Felicia:Exactly Rick -- or other AI algorithms
  Jennifer Rainey:A prime example of what Jeff is saying in my org., is around Strengths by Marcus Buckingham.  We are not personnaly connected to Marcus or other Strengths authors.  But there is a network inside my org. that connects on this topic.
  Rick Bartlett:@ Jennifer- yes that makes sense
  Danny Ortegon:Perhaps we can think of PLNs having a range of attributes,  but limited to a particular set of attributes??
  Danny Ortegon:*not limited
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:Agreed
  Felicia:Agreed Danny
  Jennifer Rainey:Maybe these publications, search engines, and so on are supporting resources/tools that provides some of the "structure" of the PLN. Just a thought.
  Rick Bartlett:Definitely agree that the personal connection is best
  Danny Ortegon:Defining curation as not PLNs may be helpful
  Jennifer Rainey:I can certainly try!  Not sure what she would understand since her technology understanding is very limited. :-)
  janet webster:Hope I am not off the mark here, in class at the moment and sound is off, but PLNs for me are tecahing me how to do my work online-teaching me the tools and communication skills
  Deborah W Halasz:@Jennifer I have often contacted authors with questions after reading their articles, so in that sense, the individual has become a part of my PLN through that subscription
  Shalinee Mattoo:even if we go by the basic definition of computer networks ....signals need to be sent and received
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:The cool thing about PLN development is that the incoming sources (unidirectional) can sometimes become bi-directional - you can start to engage with them in some way,  (especially via blog comments)
  Rick Bartlett:@Janet- that's great!
  Shalinee Mattoo:a network always has a sender and a a curation is not PLN
  Jennifer Rainey:I'm almost envisioning a flow chart where the various components of a PLN is represented by a different, yet specific, "shape". 
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:great point @Keeley
  Shalinee Mattoo:so non communicating assets around you are actually part of your environment and as soon as their is a give and take they become a node in your learning network thats what I think
  Jennifer Rainey:Deborah, very true! 
  Deborah W Halasz:I'm actually getting comments on my blog for the first time! So, thank you!
  Jennifer Rainey:Nice thought, Shalinee!  This could be the difference between a PLN and a PLE
  Tanya:Yes - I think that's the differenc about broadcasting content on a n open social platform - there is the potential for someone to connect with you directly on the content
  Shalinee Mattoo:@Keeley guesss we are saying kind of the same thing
  janet webster:btw had a colleague today call PLNa and Moocs neoliberal b....t
  Rick Bartlett:@Janet- Wow!!
  Paul Signorelli 2:Having created a specific Google+ circle for #xplrpln colleagues is giving me a wonderfully visceral and visual confirmation of how my PLN is growing here.
  Shalinee Mattoo:@Jennifer: thanks! I think we need to differentiate otherwise we will call every as our network
  Jennifer Rainey:I would agree, Paul. 
  Felicia:Janet, that is a common line of thinking amongst some folks
  Jeff Merrell:@janet well, that's another definition I guess
  Jeff Merrell::)
  Paul Signorelli 2:...and to respond to colleagues' comments in the chat here, yes, the expanding PLN includes resources including newly-discovered blogs and journal sites
  janet webster:@rick-strong reaction, I know-but teachers /faculty afraid of job losses
  Shalinee Mattoo:I cannot listen when I do you people manage
  Shalinee Mattoo:sorry!
  Deborah W Halasz:@Paul, good idea! I share in the PLN community, but I should look to build a circle with individuals
  Keeley Sorokti - Chicago:@Janet- was just thinking that this all might seem very ivory tower and I think it is so hard to understand until you do it. My mind was blown in Jan. 2013 with #edcmooc and I had to do it and start building a PLN in order to understand.
  Rick Bartlett:@Shalinee- multi-task I guess
  Paul Signorelli 2:@Shanilee: regarding inability to listen and type--yep, we start with the recognition that multi-tasking on deeply cognitive efforts doesn't work, we just jump back and forth, putting our attention where it seems to most pay off
  Paul Signorelli 2:We can always go back to recordings to pick up what we missed.
  Deborah W Halasz:I'm still at a point of "I think I know what they are"
  Virginia Trovato:@Janet, can you say more about that?
  Shalinee Mattoo:Is there anyone in this community, who is actually part of the decision maker group at their company. We could get thoughts about business practicality of PLN and their concerns.
  janet webster:@keeley-Yes, I believe you have to engage with the online culture to understand the value of PLNs
  Felicia:Janet, I agree
  Paul Signorelli 2:@Deborah W. Halasz...yes, it's extremely rewarding to see the proof of progress via those circles...and other achievements.
  Shalinee Mattoo:@Rick: I am one female who has single minded concentration problem
  Jennifer Rainey:"I" certainly see the value of PLNs.  However, I don't think my org is culturally ready.  Does that make sense?
  Felicia:Great, thanks!!!!
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:Thansk
  Rick Bartlett:Thanks!
  Shalinee Mattoo:@Jennifer: I think that is the biggest reality
  Cathy Lieberman:Thank you.  Good night!
  Jennifer Rainey:Bye!  Have a great rest of the week!
  Paul Signorelli 2:Thanks; another great session and experience.
  Danny Ortegon:great. Thx!
  Rhonda Jessen @rljessen:(oops) thanks
  Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant:thanks
  Marianne Woodward:thanks. good night
  Tanya:Jennifer - def agree! thanks everyone
  Virginia Trovato:Thanks everyone! Great discussion.
  Merrilee Hepler:Good night.
  Jeff Merrell:night all!
  Kimberly Scott:Cheers!

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The text of the goals you created for participating in this seminar did not appear in the survey report, so I am attaching a spreadsheet that lists the goals that were submitted.

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This is the word cloud for our Exploring PLNs seminar goals, using the Goal-Setting Forum responses shared to date.
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