Looking back we can understand the mystery of probing into the abyss of the web to find tools on PLNs and curation. An active and well thought out PLN can lead to superior curation. Superior curation leads to increased subscriptions and hopefully an increase in goals: whether they are academic or professional. It is much easier to see the difference now between quality tools and criteria after 2 months of reading various articles dating back to 2010 when curation and PLNs were a hot topic among academic institutions. Various tools have been created to automate both processes and those same tools prove that an old business adage is still true today, “it’s not always what you know, but who you know” and “knowing is half the battle”. Automated curation is not a solution to replace manpower.
This week was quite difficult to get everything we needed to get done, on time. Sometimes life, work, etc happens. Enough with the excuses though, as we reflect on the week and what we discovered, liked, and ultimately shared. As mentioned previously we took a different turn this week in what type of links we would look for. The international perspective is one that kept popping up. We know it’s important to appeal to a wide variety of people, and thus it’s important to think outside the box of American appealing websites, and more towards and diverse selection. We think this is a great way to expand our knowledge on PLN’s and curation because when it comes time to do our own project, and even work related projects, it’s important to have a audience coming from many different backgrounds and places. If you can try to learn how to talk and appeal to a diverse audience, then our projects can be better utilized.
In the initial weeks of the course, our group worked to understand the meaning and implications of content creation and PLNs. Not having much experience with either, we found the internet to be a great help during this exploratory phase.
Now that we have a firm grasp of both, we’re striving to uncover only the best tools and resources. It’s definitely required a change in outlook. We use online services all the time, but which can actually help us with learning networking and curation? Should we seek out new sources or stick to what we already know? How can we discern between a good tool and a bad one?
These questions occupied most of our time this week as we’re still getting a feel for all the tools available. I suspect that as we figure out the answers to those questions, our searches will grow more and more intuitive.
1) What did you do this week (show that you made an effort)?
This week I organized my thoughts and ideas to find the best articles and tools to post. I analyzed several different articles to find the ones posted. This process can be lengthy and time consuming as there are many posts that are not as important to what I want to say, but have utilized SEO and they become a top search. So lots of sifting.
2) What did you learn?
I learned this week that many of the websites I utilize in my daily, academic, and professional life are actually an active effort towards PLN and curation. A lot of the sites I love, like Pinterest, is a huge curation tool. It’s always refreshing to learn that what you are actively partaking in has some value. So my mindless pinning on pinterest actually has a purpose. Yeah puppies ( and shoes)!
3) What strategies did you learn and/or refine?
The strategy I refined for finding my posts was key search engine words. It’s important to refine what you are looking for in order to pull up a more precise document instead of just sifting through many posts and wasting a lot of time. Also, this week I really looked into what I already used and how I could apply that to these posts. How can I be helpful in my current daily routine?
4) Describe each member’s contribution to the larger effort.
Everyone in the group has their own way of contributing to this blog. We’ve set deadlines for Friday’s and let everyone take the time they need through-out the week in order to provide enough time to detail the right post. Each member is responsible for their own posts, and we all go through and edit what we see needs to be edited. This allows us to manage ourselves as well as each other.
This week I signed up for Google+. I’m just learning how to use it and I’m not sure how much I will use it. I had a difficult time finding sites to post about this week. I concentrated on PLN’s this week and will work on curation next week.