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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: Last week, we discussed the different ways in which we learn and explored how our digital differences can affect our learning networks.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsLISA HARRIS: We also discussed the advantages that accrue to many of us through easy access to the digital world, and the implications this has for development of our social capital.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: We then investigated our own personal learning networks, meaning the online and offline connections to people, devices, services, and information. By now, you should have created your very own network map, which will have helped you to understand what your network looks like and how you use it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsLISA HARRIS: So, now it's over to you. We'll be sharing lots of useful links and hints and tips for you to explore as you choose.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: We will also discuss a number of important considerations for you to think about carefully, as you develop your digital literacies and your network skills. This will include assessing reliability, managing your network identity, and digital creativity and scholarship.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 secondsLISA HARRIS: Don't forget to check out the contributions from your fellow learners, and make sure you share your own examples, as well, with the rest of the group. Finally, you'll get a chance to put it all into practise via a peer-reviewed round-up exercise.

It's over to you!

This week is over to you and your Personal Learning Network.

There are lots of links to tools, services, articles and information throughout this week. Some of you may be familiar with some of them, others not.

We encourage you to explore them at your own speed and according to your own preferences. Feel free to explore beyond the information given and then share what you find with us all. You could do this through the comments sections, or using #FLlearningnetworks.

The more you explore, the more there is to share, and the more we can all learn from each other!

By the end of this week you will be able to more effectively:

  • Grow your PLN and assess the reliability of online information and services.

  • Manage your PLN and your online identity.

  • Activate your PLN for learning purposes.

  • Use a wide range of digital tools to assist with growing, managing and activating your PLN.

Digital Literacies

Recent research by the Horizon Digital Economy Network and the Universities of Nottingham and Leeds asked young people aged between 12 and 17 what they want as their internet ‘Rights’. They came up with 5 Rights, one of which was:

The right to digital literacy, aimed at providing young people with the digital skills necessary for using, creating and critiquing digital technologies and giving them tools for negotiating social norms’

This week is therefore aimed at helping you to further develop your own digital literacies and network skills. We hope you’ll find it useful and will want to share your new skills across your network.

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Learning in the Network Age

University of Southampton

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