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Designs for Networked Learning: Using Personal Learning Networks to Build Intercultural Competence
Ann Hill Duin, University of Minnesota
This workshop is intended for a broad audience: Researchers, instructors, administrators, i.e., all those interested in exploring the use of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for building intercultural competence.
Participants will explore the use of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) for building intercultural competence. A PLN is a collection of people, information resources, organizations, and other connections that a networked individual values because the connections support and contribute to learning interests. Throughout our exploration and development of PLNs, participants will identify how these might be used to make “visible” our culturally based assumptions about identity, knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, and the knowledge most worth having. Workshop emphasis will be on both pedagogy and research and stems from recent literature on connectivism and networked learning.
Participants will engage with four activities: 1) an exploration of a set of personal learning networks (PLNs) as a means to make visible learners’ cultural orientation to knowledge, information, and learning; 2) active use of an online resource (e.g., text2mindmap.com, coggle.it, or other mapping tool) to practice building and sharing their PLNs; 3) learning about current research and envisioning future research on the use of PLNs for building intercultural competence; and 4) collaboratively mapping next steps for designs of networked learning that incorporate the use of PLNs as well as professional research networks (PRNs) as a means to build intercultural competence.
Each participant will
Workshop Alignment with Conference Themes
This workshop aligns most closely with these conference themes:
Designs for Networked Learning, architectures, spaces, and mobilities
• PLN exploration (15 minutes)
Duin, A.H., & Moses, J. (2015). Intercultural connectivism: Introducing personal learning networks. Rhetoric and Professional Communication and Globalization, 7(1), 29-46.
Moses, J., & Duin, A.H. (2015). Intercultural connectivism: Personal learning networks in course redesign. Rhetoric and Professional Communication and Globalization, 8(1), 22-39.
Duin, A.H. Making identity visible: Personal learning networks. Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Tempe, AZ, October 2015.
Duin, A.H., & Moses, J. Redesigning a Masters Program in Technical Communication to Integrate Personalized Learning Networks. Council on Programs in Scientific and Technical Communication, Cincinnati, October 2013.
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