#DigPINS explores digital networks from the perspective that who you interact with, and how you interact, informs and shapes your digital identity. We form one network as a group doing #DigPINS together; there is a larger network of all those who have taken #DigPINS in the past at Kenyon and elsewhere, and in interacting with our colleagues at Kenyon College, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and University of Southern Maine, we will branch that network out even further.
Some of our guiding questions this week include:
- Who do you interact with online?
- How do you find and join networks?
- What are your current networks?
- What are the affordances and limitations of particular networks?
PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK (PLN)
As we begin to talk about digital networks, we start to talk about being more resident in more public places. One way to think about building connections is with a Personal Learning Network or PLN model.
For example, I came to DigPINS through a larger network of folks who work in instructional design, educational technology, and digital pedagogy. (I have a flashbulb memory of the moment in which I went up to Sundi Richard and Autumm Caines at a conference and said “DigPINS sounds cool, I think I want to do it at Kenyon.”) There is a lot of overlap in our PLNs, and this week we will introduce you to some of the people that we learn from online.
Things to do this week:
Watch this week’s video from your facilitators.
Develop your network – 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. (Or, going back to our Identity week, think about spaces where you’re already connecting with your professional communities, and how you might engage in those networks differently.)
Check out the list of suggested twitter accounts (and hashtags) from the #DigPINS facilitators – follow accounts that look interesting to you
Tweet using #DigPINS – We do want to continue having conversations in Slack and on the blog, but this week you should start working in the public more. (Disclaimer: if you have concerns about working in the public due to security or privacy talk to me). Maybe consider not just promoting your blog post in Slack but posting it to Twitter – don’t forget to tag #DigPINS. Our main prompt for the week is to consider people and environments for building your PLN and share your process for finding and connecting with them.
“Play” the Nicky Case narrative game The Wisdom and/or Madness of Crowds to dip your toe into the world of network science. (There are lots of neat extra resources linked in this game; feel free to go only as deep as holds your interest.)
Video call with Rajiv Jhangiani July 5th at 1pm EST (12pm CST) – 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. We will be having a call with him July 5th at 1pm EST (12pm CST).
- Register for the call – You can register using this Google Form.
Read – Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online by Maha Bali
Read – Hatching a PLN by 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 annotation of a recent blog post of his using 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?
Link to Tweetdeck: https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ – Twitter can be overwhelming because of so much information coming at you at once. Tweetdeck allows you to organize by search terms, hashtags, user lists… etc.
And of course remember you can reach out to us if you need help by direct messages on Twitter, or through Slack or email.