Monthly Archives: February 2012

My Personal Learning Network

I had a class meeting earlier this week on tools for distance education and one of the things we talked about was the use of RSS feeds and Twitter as a source of current information on the field.  I compiled a brief selection of folks that I follow via RSS feed and/or Twitter for them and thought I’d share it here too in an effort to get this restarted.

RSS
If you’ve not used an RSS reader before but already have a gmail or other Google account I recommend Google Reader but there are several others as well as mobile readers.  If you’re not familiar with RSS you may want to watch the Common Craft Video. Here are some folks I follow. Some are DE related and some aren’t but they all are AE related in some way.

Twitter
First off, if you’re not on Twitter or don’t know about following and hashtags take a look at the Common Craft video and this guide to Twitter for teachers. Here are some folks I follow on Twitter with a bit of their description about themselves.  There is some overlap from the previous list but the content is usually different.

  • @tomkuhlmann – I write the Rapid Elearning Blog where I share practical tips & tricks for building elearning courses.
  • @DataDiva – Fascinated by question: Can we quantify learning? Determined to combine learner-centered ed & informed use of data. 
  • @thiagi – Thiagi makes a living by playing games and helping others play games — to improve their performance.
  • @academicladder – Clinical Psychologist, President of Academic Ladder LLC, and founder of the Academic Writing Club
  • @kylemackie – teaching, learning and technology, social and participatory media, good design, architecture, accessibility, 
  • @hjarche – Work is learning & learning is the work. Partner at Internet Time Alliance.
  • @cammybean – learning designer with Kineo; making better eLearning throughout the world.
  • @NCLAdvocacy – To help advocates, leaders, and others who care about literacy to make a positive difference advocating for adult education and family literacy.
  • @C4LPT – Jane Hart is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT). 
  • @CatMoore – On a mission to save the world from boring corporate elearning. Creator of the action mapping ID process and the Elearning Blueprint.
  • @usablelearning – Instructional Design Geek-ette. Love brain stuff, learning, games, usability.

There are also regular Twitter chats that you may be interested in #lrnchat is normally every Thursday evening 8:30 – 10pm ET and Friday morning 9:30 – 11:00am ET.  eLearnchat is Wednesdays at 8p.  They have a live video interview with connected Twitter chat.  Some others I’ve heard of but not been to:

  • #smedu – Wednesdays at noon and 9 p.m. EST social media professionals, students, educators, and more can discuss using social media in education in this chat.
  • #edchat – Talk to a variety of educators around the world through #edchat, Tuesdays at noon and 7 p.m. EST.
  • #SAChat – Discuss student affairs with other professionals in the industry Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. CST and 6-7 p.m. CST.
  • #AcAdv – Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m. EST, you can talk to academic advisors and other colleagues about advising.
  • #IOLchat which stands for Inside Online Learning. Recent topics include “Online Learning & the Workplace” and “Preparing Students for Online Learning.” 

If you’re using something like TweetDeck or Seesmic you can save the hashtag search to make following the chat easier.

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