Think of this blog post as a #ThinkingOutLoud kind of post and though it may not look perfect/finished, I wanted it out for some discussion (if I might get some).
We just finished another #PKMChat tonight on Knowledge creation, sharing, exploring. Apart from all the discussions around portfolios and those around what stage of our work should we share, one of the issues that got the chat discussions high (at least for me) were the issues around where you share.
Answers ranged from posting on a personal blog to tweeting out a screenshot of your WIP… Until someone mentions the “Sharing Tribe”. It was the first time I was going to hear that (we’re always having names for things, not sure they’re really new concepts though).
Then Michelle Ockers asks…
Then I began to be curious… Is there really a difference? Do they overlap somehow?
I’ve always heard of and known about the PLN – Personal Learning Network. This I build consciously, and they are individuals in my network that I learn from. We share our learning together and engage with each other mostly virtually.
Then I heard of COPs – Communities of Practice. The emphasis here is in a community. We all share a common goal and stay together, learn, and share for as long as our goals remain the same. I may not have any personal engagement with particular individuals here beyond our general sharing of common goals.
For me, the more I become active in COPs, the more individuals may cross into my PLN from the community. But then I now hear of ShT – Sharing Tribe. Sounds to me like a community of people I share my work with for feedback. For me, this is part of what I presently do with my PLN.
The Personal P in PLN, makes individuals want to respond to a tweet or post and engage in a deliberate way, either by making comments or by adding to the discussion or providing feedback. I for one would love to interact with and engage with a tweet or post that comes from a P in my PLN, much more than just a member of a COP or the public.
Now, why this blog post?
First, I wanted to share my understanding of these terminologies and how I view and use them. Do you quite agree with me on these?
But then, I’m hoping to steer some discussion and conversation and learn from all of you who’ve been in the Knowledge and the Learning field and have a practical understanding of all these – one essence of sharing right?
The questions will be:
1. What is your understanding of a PLN, COP and ShT? Is there a significant difference? Is there an overlap in these?
2. Where do you go for what amongst these? When you need feedback on WIP, how do you get it? When you want to share something interesting you just accomplished, where do you go?
Okay guys, what do you think about all these? Drop a comment below or let’s head over to twitter!
[P.S And just as I tidy up the blog post to hit Publish, Bruno answers . . .
Bruno Winck (@brunowinck) March 30, 2016