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Seven Degrees of Connectedness

Rodd Lucier, from the Clever Sheep blog, published a post titled Seven Degrees of Connectedness. The closing questions to Rodd’s post caught my eye:

 Can [the framework] serve as an introduction to the concept of a personal learning network?  Does it help you make sense of the wide range of relationships you’ve been building with online colleagues?

YES! The framework did make sense to me. It made so much sense, that I had the urge to create a visual out of Rodd’s list of stages. After a quick back and forth on Twitter with Rodd (you can read the storify conversation here), I decided to use Piktochart to create an infographic with Rodd’s framework, which he had developed with the assistance of Zoe Branigan-Pipe.

Take a look below… click on the image to view a larger version…. and join the conversation by leaving a comment here or on Rodd’s blog to answer the questions he originally posted:

 Can [the framework] serve as an introduction to the concept of a personal learning network?  Does it help you make sense of the wide range of relationships you’ve been building with online colleagues?

BTW, this is just another example of the possibilities to extend your work and of collaboration opportunities that open up, when authors, innovators and creators subscribe to the concept of Creative Commons, sharing and believe in the power of collaboration versus copyright,  an”…it is my intellectual property…” attitude or “…my work will somehow be worth less, if I allow someone else to build upon it…” point of view.

If the power of collaboration and sharing as an educator is of interest to you, take a look at Alec Couros‘ blog post “The Story of an Idea“, Dean Shareski’s K12 Online keynote presentation appropriately titled  “The Moral Imperative of Sharing” and several blog posts here on Langwitches linked from “What Do You Have to Lose?“.

 

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  1. Rodd Lucier says:

    Sylvia, Thank you so much for promoting the idea of sharing and collaborating. And for modelling the same in building a visual model of the Seven Degrees of Connectedness. :)

    • Marti Weston says:

      What at great infograpic. I want to make a great big poster to hang in the classrooms where we do summer training. Better yet, maybe use the same site to teach faculty members how to make pictographics that illustrate their own level of connectedness.!

  2. Tony says:

    Thanks for sharing. Just a couple of possible ideas/refinements – I think we need to change the language of the Lurker as it congers up the wrong image in many people new to PLN’s and technology in general. Some feel very put off if/when the term is used and I at the moment I don’t really have a better term but maybe our extended network does.

    I also think we need to redraw the flow as a PLN is not really a linear process more an organic process that is built as skills and confidence grows and when work or life requires a new step to be taken outside the comfort zone.

    Great food for thought.

    Tony

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