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Nurturing Our Personal Learning Networks

Paul Signorelli’s comments on the first session of Week 2 of Connected Courses, Trust and Network Fluency.”Bringing value to our online interactions is essential…”Here’s the video,  Social Capital and PLNs: Discovering, Building, and Cultivating…

Qualms about openness

I was reading Kevin’s post (http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/09/30/when-trust-gets-breached-repairs-may-be-impossible/) this morning and it really pinpointed one of my concerns in bringing an open online component into the Freshman course I teach. I do worry about creating an open space that could have the potential to impact the students later.  If I require them to participate how do I […]

Trust and Network Fluency – #CCourses

The task put force this week in the #ConnectedCourses MOOC is the following: “In the quantum learning space where interest is a key driver, how do we employ the same dynamics in our teaching? Or, how do we leverage the power of open? How do we maintain trust and a sense of security in open […]

Destination Open: weaving my own way and building my own place

Well, I’m glad to say I think I’m making progress on my quest to more fully understand the notion of open and the triad of open-related courses that I’m weaving my way through seems to be shaping up nicely as I undertake my ‘Grand Tour’. In my previous post, I thought about what openness means […]

When Trust Gets Breached, Repairs May Be Impossible

About ten summers ago, in my role as technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, we were setting up a blog site for our month-long Invitational Summer Institute. This was at the near dawn of blogging, and most of the participants barely knew the word, never mind the concept of online writing spaces. I […]

When Trust Gets Breached, Repairs May Be Impossible

About ten summers ago, in my role as technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, we were setting up a blog site for our month-long Invitational Summer Institute. This was at the near dawn of blogging, and most of the participants barely knew the word, never mind the concept of online writing spaces. I […]

When Trust Gets Breached, Repairs May Be Impossible

About ten summers ago, in my role as technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, we were setting up a blog site for our month-long Invitational Summer Institute. This was at the near dawn of blogging, and most of the participants barely knew the word, never mind the concept of online writing spaces. I […]

When Trust Gets Breached, Repairs May Be Impossible

About ten summers ago, in my role as technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, we were setting up a blog site for our month-long Invitational Summer Institute. This was at the near dawn of blogging, and most of the participants barely knew the word, never mind the concept of online writing spaces. I […]

An appreciative word: Thank you.

This is a story of a connection that spans time, continents, and generations. It started with a glance at my ‘others’ message box on facebook. You know, if you aren’t friends with someone (and yes, my security settings are that way inclined) then if they message you it stays hidden in this ‘other’ box without […] The post An appreciative word: Thank you. appeared…

Bali_Maha: MT “: Link to padlet?” – suggestions welcome

MT “@dogtrax: @Bali_Maha @EatcherVeggies @telliowkuwp @taniatorikova Link to padlet?” http://bit.ly/1pCSMLF  #ccourses – suggestions welcome

ARTiFactor: Helen Crump blogs about Wonderful Resources, Thanks!

@crumphelen Helen Crump blogs about #open Wonderful Resources, Thanks! #ccourses #okmooc http://goo.gl/IwzFiL 

MiaZamoraPhD: Social Capital & PLNs w/

Social Capital & PLNs w/@KJBD @seecantrill @meenoorami @hrheingold @shellterrell http://youtu.be/aY2iqlbDHSo  #ccourses #highered #edchat #nwp

Jonathan_Worth: Listening to on Social Capital : and @hrheingoldteflecting on the value of transitive trust.

Listening to @KJBD #ccourses on Social Capital : http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k  and @hrheingoldteflecting on the value of transitive trust.

Jonathan_Worth: ‘Don’t just teach Harry Potter , draw in the HO communities’ : Social Capital & PLNs here:

‘Don’t just teach Harry Potter , draw in the HO communities’ @KJBD: #ccourses Social Capital & PLNs here: http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k 

Jonathan_Worth: Listening to on Social Capital describe the need for teachers to engage in cultural acupuncture

Listening to @KJBD #ccourses on Social Capital describe the need for teachers to engage in cultural acupuncture http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k 

Jonathan_Worth: Listening to Webinar “find your hashtag” (building yr own personal learning network)

Listening to @KJBD #ccourses Webinar http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k  @ShellTerrell “find your hashtag” (building yr own personal learning network)

Jonathan_Worth: Listening to on Talking of Social Capital as non-diminishing resource

Listening to @KJBD on #ccourses Talking of Social Capital as non-diminishing resource http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k  @MeenooRami @Seecantrill

crumphelen: My blog. Destination Open: weaving my own way and building my own place

My blog. Destination Open: weaving my own way and building my own place http://wp.me/p2IebD-1Pt  #okmooc #ccourses #openresearch

Bali_Maha: So plz add ur gr8 free/online rdgs for unit 2 to Diigo, i look fwd to collab annotating and highlighting them

So @OnlineCrsLady plz add ur gr8 free/online rdgs for unit 2 #ccourses to Diigo, i look fwd to collab annotating and highlighting them

Bali_Maha: twitter chat idea yday was to curate community-content on diigo

@telliowkuwp @dogtrax @EatcherVeggies @taniatorikova @sensor63 twitter chat idea yday was to curate community-content on diigo #ccourses

podehaye: “The next big thing is privacy”

“The next big thing is privacy” http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2014/09/30/the-next-big-thing-is-privacy/ … #ccourses

telliowkuwp: RT :Grp annotating on Diigo is like a good async book club :) TOTALLY

RT @Bali_Maha:Grp annotating on #ccourses Diigo is like a good async book club :) @dogtrax @EatcherVeggies @taniatorikova @sensor63 TOTALLY

Jonathan_Worth: I wonder how many of these posts many of us have waiting to need to be written – urgh RT :

I wonder how many of these posts many of us have waiting to need to be written – urgh RT @dogtrax: @KJBD http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/09/30/when-trust-gets-breached-repairs-may-be-impossible/ … #ccourses

dogtrax: Annotating opening “why” piece in our diigo group Come add your reactions

Annotating @Jonathan_Worth opening “why” piece in our #ccourses diigo group http://ln.is/diigo.com/0RHXE  Come add your reactions

dogtrax: Annotating opening “why” piece in our diigo group Come add your reactions

Annotating @Jonathan_Worth opening “why” piece in our #ccourses diigo group https://diigo.com/051dme  Come add your reactions

Bali_Maha: have u seen this? We should do twitter chat in same weeks?

@onewheeljoe @SenorG @anna_phd have u seen this? We should do #techquity twitter chat in same weeks? http://connectedcourses.net/thecourse/diversity-equity-access/ … #ccourses

Maha_Learning: RT : blogged about connection, comments, and thank you … beautiful

RT @laura_ritchie: blogged about connection, comments, and thank you http://ln.is/www.lauraritchie.com/JBHdk … … #ccourses beautiful

dogtrax: Musing on the trust and privacy issue, and the time I breached it beyond repair.

@Jonathan_Worth @KJBD Musing on the trust and privacy issue, and the time I breached it beyond repair. http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/09/30/when-trust-gets-breached-repairs-may-be-impossible/ … #ccourses

Bali_Maha: happy 2 try it w – not sure how it would work. Who can lead? (I’ll help)

@digisim @laura_ritchie @OnlineCrsLady @cogdog happy 2 try it w @withknown – not sure how it would work. Who can lead? (I’ll help) #ccourses

jpduob: Just published: Interview with by &

Just published: Interview with @davecormier by @Bali_Maha & @NomadWarMachine http://www.beds.ac.uk/jpd/volume-4-issue-3/key-pedagogic-thinkers-maha-bali … #ccourses #oclmooc #rhizo14 #edtech

Maha_Learning: I use tweetdeck to make sense of my streams. great but like to check others. could you share you favorite platfomrs please :)

I use tweetdeck to make sense of my streams. great but like to check others. could you share you favorite platfomrs please :) #ccourses

dogtrax: Talk at around privacy reminded me of tool that once shared out to check privacy settings

Talk at #ccourses around privacy reminded me of tool that @dajbelshaw once shared out to check privacy settings http://ln.is/adjustyourprivacy.com/0JIPc …

dogtrax: Love your line from post: “The truth is we don’t know the impact of our comments, now or in the future.”

@laura_ritchie Love your line from post: “The truth is we don’t know the impact of our comments, now or in the future.” #ccourses

laura_ritchie: blogged about connection, comments, and thank you …

blogged about connection, comments, and thank you http://www.lauraritchie.com/2014/09/30/appreciative-word-thank/ … … #ccourses

UoNBioscicareer: This may help too RT “: How to cultivate a PLN “

@SamLP This may help too RT “@hrheingold: How to cultivate a PLN #ccourses http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/personal-learning-network/ …”

Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Nurturing Our Personal Learning Networks

When learning turns in on itself, the results are magnificent—as is the case when we learn about personal learning networks (PLNs) by engaging with members of our personal learning networks, for example. It’s something I’ve seen repeatedly in my own communities of learning, and it’s something I have explored and documented extensively through the Exploring […]

Maha_Learning: RT : oooh, DailyConnects..THAT sounds cool!!!

RT @OnlineCrsLady: @laura_ritchie @cogdog @Bali_Maha @digisim oooh, DailyConnects..THAT sounds cool!!! #ccourses #jf http://ln.is/connectedcourses.net/E6QOW …

gabinetecye: Curso connected learning! no te lo pierdas

Curso connected learning! no te lo pierdas http://ow.ly/C68NA  #ccourses

geoparadigm: Check out . Just had a great conversation about social capital and PLN last night.

@suewaters Check out #ccourses. Just had a great conversation about social capital and PLN last night.

Bali_Maha: can we brainstorm this “daily connects” idea further – community-suggested?

@OnlineCrsLady @laura_ritchie @cogdog @digisim can we brainstorm this “daily connects” idea further – community-suggested? #ccourses

Maha_Learning: hi Maha nice to meet you. Maha^3

@maha__abed hi Maha nice to meet you. #ccourses Maha^3

cogdog: Do not forget a healthy dose of fertilizer

@mizuko @Tokareva_Ekat @dmrussell Do not forget a healthy dose of fertilizer #ccourses

Maha_Learning: Discovering, Building, & Cultivating Networks of Learners: Listening to recording now

Discovering, Building, & Cultivating Networks of Learners: Listening to recording now #ccourses http://ln.is/connectedcourses.net/6RMV6 … #potcert

sensor63: working on that at moment. Can converge. Pls can we converge? Pls

@digisim @Maha_Learning @karenatsharon working on that at moment. Can converge. Pls can we converge? Pls #ccourses

Dilrukshi_ISaC: What Challenges me in is to select and connect best knowledge from dozens in the pool..I wish I can read and learn all

@hrheingold What Challenges me in #ccourses is to select and connect best knowledge from dozens in the pool..I wish I can read and learn all

Second Meeting of the DAC

This morning we held the second meeting of the Dean’s Advisory Committee (DAC) for the University Libraries. The committee was asked the following questions which led to an engaging conversation that touched on the opportunities and challenges facing colleges, departments, programs, research institutions, faculty, and students: What will research and teaching look like in ten years? Is there […]

mizuko: Femtechnet + selfies + = busy! RT : A wrap-up of the week in

Femtechnet + selfies + #ccourses = busy! RT @lizlosh: A wrap-up of the week in #ccourses http://virtualpolitik.blogspot.com/2014/09/three-ring-circus.html?m=1 …

Time Travel, Recursion, and The Best Instructions Ever

Dedicated to Maurice F Durfee and Paul Montalbano,January, 2014So I started writing this post in August (2013). Then the busyness of the Fall Semester hit, and this went on hold. So before I get rolling, I’d like to take this chance to invite you to re…

OnlineCrsLady: YES! my students are liking Pinterest as way both to curate and to share, info here

@Profrehn @ShellTerrell #ccourses YES! my students are liking Pinterest as way both to curate and to share, info here http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/how-to-develop-a-sense-of-presence-in-online-and-f2f-courses-with-social-media/ …

OnlineCrsLady: ooooooh, DailyConnects… THAT sounds cool!!! diff. ways to connect, diff. spaces etc.

@laura_ritchie @cogdog @Bali_Maha @digisim ooooooh, DailyConnects… THAT sounds cool!!! diff. ways to connect, diff. spaces etc. #ccourses

hsiao_yun: MT Webinar on Social Capital & PLNs here:

#edsg MT @KJBD #ccourses Webinar on Social Capital & PLNs here: http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k  @MeenooRami @Seecantrill @Jonathan_Worth @hrheingold

OnlineCrsLady: cooperation v. competition, learning networks as visible proof of cooperation, giving & receiving: more goodness from

cooperation v. competition, learning networks as visible proof of cooperation, giving & receiving: more #ccourses goodness from @hrheingold

OnlineCrsLady: “reservoir of reciprocity” “bread on the waters” listening (late!) to the webinar today, loving ‘s praise of sharing!

“reservoir of reciprocity” “bread on the waters” listening (late!) to the #ccourses webinar today, loving @hrheingold ‘s praise of sharing!

laura_ritchie: DailyConnects- awesome. non-threatening, fun, & community-building. easy 4 comments- get peeps talking

@cogdog @Bali_Maha @digisim DailyConnects- awesome. non-threatening, fun, & community-building. easy 4 comments- get peeps talking #ccourses

Connected Learning, Mobile Learning, MOOCS, and Storify  

The more we explore connected learning through connectivist massive open online courses, the more room we see to push beyond our own perceptions of how far we can carry the connected-learning experience, I learned again last week. As I neared the end of my second full week of complete immersion in the Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) as a learner and […]

KJBD: Webinar on Social Capital & PLNs here:

#ccourses Webinar on Social Capital & PLNs here: http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k  @MeenooRami @Seecantrill @Jonathan_Worth @hrheingold @ShellTerrell

Trust and Network Fluency

Is my data showing?  The author explores the issues of building trust and data privacy, or lack thereof, in a connected world. A few key quotes, ‘ “Trust makes social life more predictable, it creates a sense of community and it makes it easier for people to work together.”And, “Lack of trust inhibits civic engagement.””In technologically connected societies we habitually share this seemingly inconsequential data by default.””….as…

Artful…as in Dodger.

A giant of a boy threw himself at what he considered to be the easiest route to the try-line.The easiest route was…myself.He took the wrong route.He stopped short…The bigger they are…the harder they fall and all. I enjoyed tackling.”Bravo that bo…

“College is a scam”: quick thoughts about teaching my first-year students

After reading “Your So-Called Education,” I thought about a couple students I’ve had in the past, one I have now, and ones I’m sure I’ll have in the future.  My institution is an urban, state…

The Power of Positive Emails

I am not a fan of Mondays.I am in at work even earlier than normal in order to combat the frazzled feeling I will get coming back from the weekend and not feeling prepared.Even when I get into work early, I still end up feeling a little frazzled someho…

KJBD: So folks, how do you cultivate your social capital or PLNs?

So #ccourses folks, how do you cultivate your social capital or PLNs?

wfairon: Authentic, powerful connections happening. Loving the energy and enthusiasm. So inspiring!

@drjaxon @donalynbooks Authentic, powerful connections happening. Loving the energy and enthusiasm. So inspiring! #ccourses

trainersleaders: Archived version of “Social Capital & ” session available:

Archived version of #ccourses “Social Capital & #PLNs” session available: http://tinyurl.com/oyvzm6k  #oclmooc #xplrpln #etmooc #nmchz

dmrussell: We need to model this. Do you demo how to prune to your students? Prbly a good idea.

@Profrehn @Tokareva_Ekat @mizuko @hrheingold We need to model this. Do you demo how to prune to your students? Prbly a good idea. #ccourses

dmrussell: Maybe, but be wary of the tyranny of the middle.

@Profrehn @Tokareva_Ekat @mizuko @hrheingold Maybe, but be wary of the tyranny of the middle. #ccourses

dmrussell: Great Q. If you’re getting redundant info; prune away the echo. Preserve diversity, grow divergent views.

@mizuko @Tokareva_Ekat Great Q. If you’re getting redundant info; prune away the echo. Preserve diversity, grow divergent views. #ccourses

trainersleaders: From online Social Capital session: You have to make things (create/work together) to build a community

From #ccourses online Social Capital #PLNs session: You have to make things (create/work together) to build a community

Profrehn: &this is such a key skill to teach. Maybe by collaborative evaluation of comments?

@dmrussell @Tokareva_Ekat @mizuko @hrheingold &this is such a key skill to teach. Maybe by collaborative evaluation of comments? #ccourses

maha__abed: Participate online in ways that work for you

#ccourses Participate online in ways that work for you @KJBD #PLNs

trevor_c: Looks like a great resource . A collection of techniques for collaborative learning and collaborative work

Looks like a great resource http://peeragogy.org/ . A collection of techniques for collaborative learning and collaborative work #ccourses

SantaFeAmanda: Rami: Sometimes just grabbing a cup of coffee is far more powerful than online PD. Refreshing!

Rami: Sometimes just grabbing a cup of coffee is far more powerful than online PD. Refreshing! #ccourses

maha__abed: are important via Add value by adding knowledge

#ccourses #CollaborativePLNs are important @ShellTerrell via #Storify #DIIGO Add value by adding knowledge #collaborativetools

hrheingold: Book mentioned by is found at — handbook for groups of self-learners

Book mentioned by @ShellTerrell is found at http://peeragogy.org  — handbook for groups of self-learners #ccourses

Tokareva_Ekat: Best thing you can think of when starting a network: what can we build together?

Best thing you can think of when starting a network: what can we build together? @KJBD #ccourses #PLN #gloco14

maha__abed: “What can we make/build together that both of us need?” – sound advice from

#ccourses “What can we make/build together that both of us need?” #PLNs #socialcapital – sound advice from @KJBD

Profrehn: . points out that collaboration–shared making–is what really cements a relationship in a PLN. Def TRUE from my experience.

.@kjbd points out that collaboration–shared making–is what really cements a relationship in a PLN. Def TRUE from my experience. #ccourses

Profrehn: . building a PLN is both inquiry and reflection. You must reflect on what’s valuable to you as you find tweeps.

.@kjbd building a PLN is both inquiry and reflection. You must reflect on what’s valuable to you as you find tweeps. #ccourses

hrheingold: How to cultivate a PLN

How to cultivate a PLN #ccourses http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/personal-learning-network/ …