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I'm currently writing a grant to explore the adaptive possibilities of MOOCs for online learning (which is partly why I signed up for this course).

Until I started reading our material, I didn't know that I had a fairly well established #PLN - everyone always refers to it as 'knowing a lot of people.'

I am running a MOOC as we take this course, as a test case to see what it's like for learners and me as the facilitator. Recording lessons as I go.

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Not organizational but a group #PLN that also seem a good general resource as well. I found it searching +Tom Whitby because I remembered how helpful his blog posts were wrestling the PLN in #PLENK2010  

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Storify of the Thursday edition of our Twitter chats

Have to say - the chats have been inspiring for the level of thinking and interaction. So much fun to join in every week.

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Took a while, but I got there in the end - thinking about PLNs. No definition yet though #xplrpln  

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Here are my thoughts and actions on PLNs for week 2.  I've been busy testing and applying some concepts learned here back into my workplace and used a recent onboarding project I've been tasked to design and develop as a starting point. http://activatelearning.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/week-2-of-exploring-personal-learning-networks-to-help-me-in-my-job/

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So I finally had a chance to really think about and reflect on my experience so far with course.  And typical to my thought process, where I started is not where I ended.  The path my reflection led me down is one of reflection.  This prompted me to look for a visual to "show" what I'm thinking.  And my searching led me back to the pictures attached.  

One picture is the infamous "Bean" in Chicago.  I took this picture on a recent family trip.  I see this as a representation of my PLN in that my network is a clear reflection of me (the Bean), who I am at a given time, and what my learning needs and passions are.  There are some people "touching" and clearly connected to me while there are others nearby, but not quite touching.  So while I may not be actively connected and learning from someone(s), they are still there and within reach.  

The other picture is one of my two girls as they experiment with their own reflections.  Sometimes that reflection may appear "distorted" and "un-natural".  But at the same time, if I keep an open mind, I can have fun.  Just like my girls are!  While it's said that our children are a reflection of who we are as parents, I am also a reflection of who they are.  (Trust me! I learn something from them just about every day!)  

And so this is true of my PLN.  I shape my network to reflect me at a given time.  And my network shapes me in return.  It is both personal and structured depending on what I'm learning.  But definitely not linear.  And I am certainly grateful for to my friend and colleague, Peggy Troyer, for this opportunity to further expand my PLN!   #xplrpln   
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Twitter Chat questions for this week

There was a good bit of interesting discussion in last night's virtual classroom chat and we thought it would be interesting to continue exploring those themes in our Twitter chats. So..

Questions for tonight (after introductions):

Q1: What did you learn new about PLNs from this week's recommended (or optional) readings -  or from #xplrpln discussions? #xplrpln

Q2: What do you think are the defining characteristics of PLNs? Thinking abt differentiating them from PKM,PLEs, CoPs #xplrpln 

Q3 What level of "interaction" or "reciprocity" must be there be to call a connection a PLN connection?  #xplrpln

Q4: Twitter challenge: Share your definition of PLNs in 140 chars. Or share which reading was closest to the way you think abt PLNs #xplrpln
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