Unit 3 Reflection

After reflecting on the structures, as described by Dron (2014), I have a better understanding of the composition of my current digital learning network. My deepest learnings over the last year have come primarily from my networks, less so from sets or groups.  As I have grown my digital network, my interaction with sets has actually contributed to content overload as filtering has become problematic and time consuming. I intend to rethink my approach to sets, potentially reducing my exposure and finding more meaningful ways to interact for the purpose of learning.

As touched upon in Chapter 5 of Teaching Crowds (Dron, 2014), my goal is to share enough information to effectively build relationships and exchange valuable content, while building in sufficient space for privacy. Ultimately, I aim to develop an identifiable online persona without becoming fully vulnerable and sacrificing my private life. I anticipate it will be a challenging balance to achieve.

Dron, J, & Anderson, T. (2014). Teaching Crowds. Athabasca University Press. 

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Visual Network Mapping

For the purposes of this exercise, I downloaded my LinkedIn network connections data, formatted the Excel file, and imported it into Kumu. I encountered the challenge of mapping 2000+ connections as the data requires tagging to properly identify and map the relationships. I discovered that my LinkedIn network primarily consists of sets, with a handful of nets (Dron, 2014). As identified by Dron (2014), some of my sets (e.g. previous workplaces) have naturally grown into networks over time. With me situated in the centre, the visible clustering represents the volume of connections who are employed at the same organization. In retrospect, I would have tagged the network members to clearly identify them. The tagging would have revealed network such as: Organizational Development College System Network, local Learning & Development network, current work colleagues, etc.

Dron, J, & Anderson, T. (2014). Teaching Crowds. Athabasca University Press.