Creative Expression of PLNs, Connectivism, and Communities of Practice

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My non-linguistic representation is an interactive version of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. My idea was thatour feet are the base of a person. I see one’s personal learning community as their base that provides support. In that area I included a spider developing his web or network as it represents how over time people build their web/network. I included a picture of a map because it looks like the veins and arteries of the city as it connects people across boundaries just as our personal network connects us across space and time. A picture of fabric for knitting is a metaphor for how we knit our own network to fit our individual needs. As Dr. Buchem explained in her presentation, when people feel personal control over their learning, they approach it with more passion and commitment. Finally, if the creation of something complex and interwoven had a sound, I always envisioned it sounded like Struggle for Pleasure by Wim Mertens.

For the main joints, I placed images of connectivity. Some are obvious, like the Chain Bride in Budapest, a chain link fence or a satellite. The grand canal of Venice (Blue Venice) by Manet works in two ways. It is a boat traveling across the water which is a way of travel and staying connected, but also with it being from his impressionist period, it is made up of seemingly random strokes of color. Up close, it appears a mess. From a distance, we can see each color and each mark works perfectly with each other and creates a beautiful image. The Manet painting especially reminded me of this quote from student new to the idea connectivist learning, “During the first few weeks of the PLENK course, however, it was clear that especially participants who had not engaged in a MOOC before found its distributed nature confusing and the high level of resources and contributions by participants overwhelming”(Kop).

For communities of practice, I thought the hands were a proper symbol as they are the appendage that we most use to interact with our world. We touch, hold, build, and break mostly with our hands. To represent idea of communal practice, I included a video of the Liverpool fans singing to their soccer team. Nothing says community in practice like 45,000 people singing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” This is true trust and humanity. The song guarantees that even in the face of failure, even in the darkest times, there will be unwavering support. It is a fine example of a positive communal relationship. Also, I included a time lapse video of London. When we see the hours of the city in this sped up manner, it reveals the hidden way the people of a city all work together like the blood pumping through the city’s veins. Finally, I have pictures of American factory workers and some young ballet dancers that no doubt work in close partnership learning from each other all a long the way.

Buchem, I. (2012, November 7). Personal Learning Environments and Psychological Ownership. Personal Learning Environments and Psychological Ownership. Retrieved June 24, 2014, from

Jariche, H. (2012, August 28). Trust is an emergent property of effective networks. Harold Jarche. Retrieved June 24, 2014, from

Kop, Rita. The challenges to connectivist learning on open online networks: Learning experiences during a massive open online course. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 3, p. 19-38, dec. 2012. ISSN 1492-3831. Available at: . Date accessed: 23 Jun. 2014.


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