PLN Stages

Going through a notebook of “to do’s” today and finding things I want to post to the blog, for no other reason than just to throw them out there and say that I liked ’em and I bet you will too. Here’s the first, more to follow, probably.

Doug Johnson talked about this in the pre-conference I attended at ALA:

Stages of Personal Learning Networks Adoption by Jeff Utecht

Stage 1 Immersion: Immerse yourself into networks. Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. Collaboration and connections take off.

Stage 2 Evaluation: Evaluate your networks and start to focus in on which networks you really want to focus your time on. You begin feeling a sense of urgency and try to figure out a way to “Know it all.”

Stage 3 Know it all: Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. Realize there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect. This usually comes with spending every waking minutes trying to be connected to the point that you give up sleep and contact with others around you to be connected to your networks of knowledge.

Stage 4 Perspective: Start to put your life into perspective. Usually comes when you are forced to leave the network for awhile and spend time with family and friends who are not connected (a vacation to a hotel that does not offer a wireless connection, or visiting friends or family who do not have an Internet connection).

Stage 5 Balance: Try and find that balance between learning and living. Understanding that you can not know it all, and begin to understand that you can rely on your network to learn and store knowledge for you. A sense of calm begins as you understand that you can learn when you need to learn and you do not need to know it all right now.

So true! I feel like I’m somewhere between stages 1 and 2. Still. Even though I’ve been putzing around with this Web 2.0 stuff for awhile now. I have gotten to the point where if there is a new one around that I want to try, I drop one. For example, I had a MySpace and Facebook page. Now, I have just Facebook. I cannot keep up with it all and still actually TALK face to face with friends, my husband, my animals. Anytime I venture to my social networks, hours and hours seem to slip by and I haven’t done anything but look at the MySpace pages of people I graduated from high school with and don’t even talk to anymore…so, I have to leave one to accept one, if that makes sense. What’s hard is deciding which one to leave. Oh Web 2.0, you are breaking my heart!

I posted the PLN stages with this permission: Haven’t really learned to “cite” that sort of thing, so hope that covers it 🙂



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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