My professional networks are very connected to professional groups on social media which absolutely changed the way I learn. As journal articles and annual conferences were the primary source of new information, websites allowed for enormous amounts of information and resources to be stored and retrieved asynchronously. One popular website where academic scholars can promote and showcase their work online is Selected Works (Witherspoon, 2017). Member build their professional profile by posting links to their journal articles, conference presentations (videoclips); as well as links to their books, especially where they are being sold. Additionally, members of Selected Works can also search and follow fellow academics, as well as connect to collaborate via research interest. Essentially, my professional networks inform how I approach teaching, research, service, and learning.
Based on “connectivism” my mind map consist of professional and personal social media that are associated with my worldview of social constructivism (Bruning, Schraw, Norby, & Ronning, 2004). With the onset and increase of online technologies the best digital tools that facilitate learning are those that allow members to write and submit thoughts and ideas relative to college teaching techniques, [school] counselor educators and supervisors, online doctoral education and instructional design. When I have questions, I can post to an open forum in a blog or direct message an individual. This directly supports connectivism as Siemens (2017) noted, networks are rich with an explosion of how we connect with people and data sources. This has evolved and grown, especially as it relates to professional conferences. There was a time when professors across the nation would have to engage in lengthy phone calls or physically meet at a national conference to collaborate with each other on a larger scale. Yet in July, I will be attending a conference virtually as I have another commitment in another state at another conference. Many conferences will adapt a twitter handle by which participants can comment on workshops and events. Thus, a social constructivism of knowledge and learned promotes and strengthens connectivism and learning.
Bruning, R. H., Schraw, G. J., Norby, M. M., & Ronning, R. R. (2004). Cognitive psychology and instruction (4th ed.). UpperSaddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Siemens, G. (2017). Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Connectivism [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Witherspoon, S. (2017) Selected Works Webpage. Retrieved from https://works.bepress.com/sheila-witherspoon/#.