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I like to think that I have been an early adopter of learning in communities. My Personal Learning Networks have evolved over time – beginning with face to face communities such as TeachMeet NSW: “​TeachMeets are free, informal, collaborative experiences organised by educators, for educators in order to share ideas and experiences and support each other in our professional growth” (2020). Nearly ten years ago, I was organising collaborative experiences between Geography teachers where they were able to share their knowledge in what was then, innovative ways such as Pecha Kucha or Prezi.

Over time, there has been a shift in the way that my Personal Learning Networks have changed. Twitter has been pivotal in this. I love the ability to share professional reading, find professional reading and resources and have conversations with those in my field.


I have also discovered further my interests and found great resources and communities for sharing professional learning. I think it is interesting about PLN, that there is a move to take them back “offline” and have that face to face communication.

Open Networked Learning has been an amazing experience for me, in that it shows how well technology can be implemented to facilitate personal learning networks. I would never had had the opportunity to work with the people in my PBL Group without ONL making it possible.


TeachMeet NSW 2020, Home, viewed 13 May 2020, < &gt;

Topic 3: Learning in communities – networked collaborative learning