Some of these people I have met in the flesh, but many of them I have not. These are folks who learn in the public, and I want to salute them for that. They share the process and content of what they are learning about, researching, or just thinking about in public, and by following them I learn from them.
They are well connected and regularly post and interact on Twitter, their blogs, or other social spaces about issues of higher education, digital pedagogy, critical perspectives on educational technology, and more. You may learn a lot just by watching their style of interacting with others, or even from reaching out to them yourself. (Disclaimer here: people’s lives are busy and if someone does not respond quickly or at all, I know I can’t take it personally. It helps me to think of Twitter as a very active stream going by. I know I miss a lot and I’m fine with that, and I try to extend that charity to others.) Check out their profiles and see if they are someone that you would like to connect with and if so give them a follow.
This is a long list. It’s OK to scan; it’s OK to be choosy.
Current and Past DigPINS Guests
Donna Lanclos – @DonnaLanclos – Our guest this week leading our live twitter chat using #DigPINS Friday, Jan 18th at 3pm Central (4pm Eastern). Co-developed and researched the Visitor’s and Resident’s mapping process. Donna also blogs and maintains a portfolio of her work at http://www.donnalanclos.com/
Mia Zamora – @MiaZamoraPhD – Will be our guest for a synchronous video call during the pedagogy week. Mia teaches courses using Connected Learning Pedagogy and also researches and publishes on this topic. She maintains a portfolio site at http://miazamoraphd.com
Amy Collier – @amcollier – Author of a piece we will read in the pedagogy week. Blogs at http://redpincushion.us/blog/ Amy will also be presenting at Davidson during the final week of #DigPINS, which will be live streamed.
Bonnie Stewart – @bonstewart – Past #DigPINS guest (as you already saw in the video on orienting in new networks), past SNC T3 keynote, researcher on scholarly uses of Twitter. Blogs at http://theory.cribchronicles.com/
Maha Bali – @bali_maha – One of the co-directors of Virtually Connecting, a project which has changed my approach to my profession and extended my professional network more than anything else I can point to. Author of one of our readings this week. Blogs at https://blog.mahabali.me
Other Folks to Follow
Bryan Alexander – @bryanalexander – Has spoken a couple of times at Kenyon and a good friend to me. Very valuable thinker and writer on issues in the future of higher education, including technology issues. Blogs at https://bryanalexander.org/. (Check out the way he interacts with comments!)
Chuck Pearson – @ShorterPearson – Presented at SNC’s T3 conference this past May on Open Online Science Lab. Blogs at https://chuckpearson.wordpress.com/
A number of folks who’ve spoken at CIP events have Twitter profiles and blogs; you might remember events with James Lang @langoncourse, Beverly Daniel Tatum @BDTSpelman, or Todd Zakrajsek @ToddZakrajsek.
Possible reflection prompt: can an organization be part of a “learning network?” Lots of Kenyon offices have presences on Twitter and Facebook; of course I’d love it if you were to follow @KenyonCIP. (Our Facebook page and Twitter account are actually mirrors; let me know if you want the guided tour to how that works.) And I may be contractually obligated to point out that @Sean_Decatur does social media really well. That’s not just sucking up; he really is quite good at it.
Finding Your Own Network
Of course, our PLNs are different than yours. And you do already have one; a good place to start might be to work your mental rolodex of collaborators and friends and see who’s already on Twitter or running a blog.
You also might try searching Google for a person’s name and the word “Twitter”, that will often turn up their account if they have one. You can also follow networks like you follow citations in scholarship – once you find someone in your area of interest, look at their profile and scan who they follow, and who follows them to see if you recognize anyone else.
Suggested Hashtags: People use hashtags – a pound sign followed by a term or abbreviation – to show that a Twitter conversation is about a particular topic. We’re using the hashtag #DigPINS to collect our relevant tweets. By looking at a hashtag, you can find people talking about the same topic or event whom you might not follow yet. Just pop the hashtag into the search box in Twitter to see the conversation. You also might try hashtags like #DigCiz or #AcDigID for conversations adjacent to ours. (Notes: Twitter presents the ‘Top’ search results first; you need to click ‘Latest’ to see chronological order. Also, cases do not matter for hashtags, but mixed case can make them easier to read.)
Many conferences have official or semi-official hashtags which let you see how people are reacting to various sessions. This can be a good way to find active Twitterers in your area of study. (Conference hashtags are often posted on the conference website. The sponsoring organization’s Twitter account will also often use them.)