Social Network Learning – Module #2

When creating my nonlinguistical representation of CoPs, Connectivism, and Personal Learning Networks I wanted to create something that mirrored my understanding of these concepts. I created a mind map with images I felt represented the fundamentals of each concept. With CoPs for example I put images of people/groups (doctors, chefs, football players) who are active practitioners in a task that requires expertise, who share best practices amongst each other, and support other members in their community.  With Connectivsm I have IBM watson competing on Jeopardy showing learning can reside in non-human appliances, the globe surrounded by people representing diversity of opinions, a modern house to demonstrate up-to-date knowledge, and the light-map image reflects the concept of information nodes. For Personal Learning Networks I chose the logos of software tools that allow us to connect with others in order to learn. All of these tools can be used at a personal level so that each connection or collaboration can be as strong as you want them to be and achieve various outcomes depending on your intents. The arrows going between each concept are because even though each is unique, they ultimately complement each other and can crossover on some level during the learning process.


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