Developing Personal Professional Online Learning Networks

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As part of the Leadership Learning Community's Webinar Series, Debra Askanase goes deep into how to develop PLNs. December 9, 2013

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  • 1. Developing Personal Professional Online Learning NetworksPresented by Debra Askanase, Community Organizer 2.0

2. About the presenter Former executive director, community organizer, business consultant Engage, create trust, move people to actionDigital Engagement Strategistdebra@communityorganizer20.com2 2 3. Todays conversation I: Making Sense of PLNs Definition Stages of growth (Thought pause: Creating PLN learning objectives) Role of network weavers Integrating small world network theory (Thought pause: role of weavers in Learning Networks)II: Creating Your PLN Developing your own PLN: An action plan Practical tips 4. Part One: Making Sense of PLNs 5. A Personal Professional Learning Network is..? a network set up by an individual specifically in the context of her professional activities through online platforms to support her professional nonformal learning needs.It is YOU, using social media, to connect and learn 6. PLNs and Leaders 7. Your footer here7 8. Your footer here8 9. Leaders and PLNs Leaders Lifetime learners Bridgers Creative problem-solvers Understands people Leverages others knowledge and skillsPersonal/Professional Learning Networks Supports individual learning needs Connects people and networks Facilitate problem-solving Enable collaboration Expands resources 10. Stages of PLN growthMaintaining BuildingActivating connections for purpose of learning 11. Factors influencing choice in building a PLN Communality Organization of the contact Network of a contact Reputation *Benevolence *Like-mindedness *Real potential for collaboration *Real potential for learning *play important roles in the building phase 12. What are your PLN objectives? Consider: What do you want to learn? What is the value to you of learning this?Take a moment and submit your PLN objectives in the chat box. 13. A Network Weaver is aware of the networks around them and explicitly works to make them healthier, more inclusive, bridging divides. June HolleyThe Network Weaver 14. Major components of network weavingBuilds relationshipsLearns to facilitate collaborations for mutual benefit 15. *ANETWORK WEAVER* Reaches out to any and all who are interested, primarily online Considers themselves part of a larger network of individuals, organizations, and communities Is a collaborator at heart Has fluency with social media tools and culture Embraces transparency (even when failing) Gives control over to the group easily Gives more credit than they take Is more interested in others ideas than their own 16. Weaving people and networks 17. 17 18. Organizational network weavers 19. Is generous 20. Interested in others ideas 21. Is a collaborator at heart 22. Considers him/herself part of a network 23. How important is a network weaver to your PLN? Considerations when assessing network weavers: Who does this person speak with regularly? Which networks does this weaver bridge? What is the intention of this network weaver? Is this person really generous? 24. Online influence and PLNs 25. One more note: The Small World NetworkA small world network cheats by providing a better-than-random trade-off between the number of links required to connect a network, and that networks effectiveness in relaying messages. - Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, p. 216 26. Network Weavers and Small Worlds In a healthy community, the network weaver forms relationships with many small clusters, and eventually connects individuals and clusters who may help each other. - Holly and Krebs, Understanding Personal Learning Networks 27. Be aware! Homophily When left unmanaged, birds of a feather flock together and those close by, form a tie. - Network Theory [Many small and dense nodes with little to no diversity] 28. What is the role of weavers in any Learning Network? 29. Making Sense of PLNs: How networks are built Role of network weavers Role of influence Small World Networks Homiphily 30. Part Two: Creating Your PLN 31. Develop a plan Your PLN objective(s) What types of networks and people do you need to meet your objectives? Where will you find them? How should you connect? 32. Redux: What are your PLN objectives? Consider: What do you want to learn? What is the value to you of learning this?Take a moment and submit your PLN objectives in the chat box. 33. My PLN Objectives 1. To learn as much as I can about community management, social media tech, and social media marketing. 1. To become part of an active learning network of trusted nonprofit technology social media colleagues. 34. Objective 2: Finding my learning network Who is publishing on this that I value?Who is speaking about this at conferences?Where are they online?Who is teaching this online?What conferences do they attend? 35. Searching for your PLN online (1/2) General: Search for keywords & keyword phrases: Google Alerts, socialmention.comTwitter: Search bios: Twitter search by keyword, # or name: Hashtags: Find people and look at the hashtags they are using Twitter directories (Twellow, among others) 36. Searching for your PLN online (2/2) Facebook: Search for groups online by keyword, phrase LinkedIn: Search for groups by keyword, phrase Use Advanced Search within LinkedIn Follow Interests on LinkedIn Instagram: Use to searchBy topic: Search by keyword, topic, follow scoops 37. Exercise: Finding your PLN online Who do you want to find?How will you find them? How do you know if they are ideal PLN members for you? 38. Using tech to learn FacebookTwitterLinkedInScoop.itGroupsFind twitter listsSearch connectionsFind topicsPeople to friendCreate my own lists Find groups Find hashtagsPeople to followManage with TweetDeckFollow interestFind contributors 39. How should you connect Transparent Trustworthy Value-added Conversational Willingness to be YOU 40. Exactly how personal??You entirelyYour interests + your professional voiceYour professional voice + your interestsThe distanced professionalWould your mom read it and cringe? Are you able to truly converse? 2013 Community Organizer 2.040 41. 10 practical tips for developing a PLN 1. 2.Clearly defined objectives Start with one to three social media channels, not more (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) 3. Use the social media channels you enjoy the most 4. Post content you think your network will value 5. Share from others more than you post 6. Give a lot of credit to others 7. Comment on blogs generously 8. Dont be afraid to jump into a conversation if it is public 9. Dont be afraid to take conversations offline or into a private realm 10. Practice, practice, practice! 42. Dont forget to have fun! 43. Im always available to answer Dont forget to have fun! follow-up questions! Email: Website: Blog: Linkedin: Twitter: @askdebra Other slides: Telephone: (617) 682-2977