Assignment 5: Virtual Symposium

MOOC cartoon

About Assignment 5

Assignment 5 of the Hyperlinked Library MOOC provides three options. The one I have chosen is “Utilize your blog, video, audio, slides, or any media-based online tool to create a 3-5 minute presentation about your learning and assignments. Highlight your work and your own critical thinking“. The assignment should be submitted during Monday, 18th November to Sunday, 24th November.

Assignment 5: Planning Development of an Online Professional Learning Network

The title of my assignment is “Planning Development of an Online Professional Learning Network”.

A Slidecast (slides with audio track) of my assignment is available on Slideshare and embedded below (note it appears that in order to play the audio you have to go to the resource hosted on Slideshare – this may be a limitation of the HyperLinked Library blog environment).

[iframe src=”″ width=”427″ height=”356″ frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”border:1px solid #CCC;border-width:1px 1px 0;margin-bottom:5px” allowfullscreen]

But whilst this submission should satisfy the MOOC requirements, I am also providing some additional information and resources which may be of interest to other participants on the MOOC.

Preparing the Final Version

My first version of the presentation was too long (it lasted for about 10 minutes) so I recorded another version, which was also too long (7 minutes). I decided to reuse the original sound track, but to delete some of the slides and remove the corresponding audio. I have decided to publish the alternative takes, in part because the additional content may be of interest. In addition, as described in a recent post about the tools I used to create this submission, the outputs of the tools I used (Slideshare, Audacity and Screen-o-matic) may be of interest.

The original longer version of the presentation is available on Slideshare as a Slidecast (slides with audio track) and is embedded below.

A video of the second take of presentation (6 mins 24 second long, created using Screen-o-matic) is available on YouTube and embedded below.

[iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]

In addition a Slidecast of an earlier version and slightly longer version of this presentation is available on Slideshare as a Slidecast (slides with audio track) and is embedded below.

[iframe src=”″ width=”427″ height=”356″ frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”border:1px solid #CCC;border-width:1px 1px 0;margin-bottom:5px” allowfullscreen]

The Script

Note that I prepared a script for this presentation. The script used in the longer presentation is included below (although note that I did not stick to this script).

Slide 1: My name is Brian Kelly and this is my submission for the Hyperlinked Library MOOC Virtual Symposium assignment. The title  is “Developing My Online Professional Learning Network”.
Slide 2: For the assignment we were asked to provide an answer to the question “What are you taking away from the Hyperlinked Library MOOC?
For me the most important tangible aspect of the MOOC has been the assignment which asked participants to document plans for their development of an Online Professional Learning Network, or OPLN. I will summarise my plans and provide the context which made this assignment particularly relevant to me.
Slide 3:Looking at my personal professional network this mosaic, created by the Frintr service, comprises the avatars of my Twitter community. It provides a powerful illustration of the notion that “You Are Not Alone – You Do Not Live In A Vacuum!”
Slide 4: This depiction of my Twitter connections illustrates my diverse communities. It was created by Tony Hirst, a friend of mine. Tony annotated clusters of related online connections. As can be seen as well as the Web management community, there are also large clusters of professional contacts who work in libraries, in educational technologies and the museums sector as well as a more niche regional community.
Slide 5: In October 2013 I started a new job as Innovation Advocate at Cetis, at the University of Bolton. This is an exciting role working for a well-established and highly regarded national body with an international reputation in elearning, standards and related areas.
Slide 6: I also face some new challenges. I need to:
  • Build links with new colleagues
  • Respond to the challenge of working from home (everyone is normally an online contact!)
  • Develop connections relevant to my new role
Slide 7: The Hyperlinked Library MOOC has been useful in my new job, with several of the assignments being of particular interest to me.
The MOOC also provided the motivation to write several blog posts and create digital artifacts that are relevant for my new post.
Slide 8: The fourth assignment, to write plans for the development of my Online Professional Learning Network was particularly useful.
Slide 9: I published this assignment on 6 November. This was two weeks before it was due. However I decided to publish it early as I hoped that it might be of use to other students and that their feedback might also be of use to me.
Slide 10: The first requirement was to produce a goals statement.
I hope my goals statement provides a meaningful summary of how I regard my online learning professional network and the benefits I hope it will provide.
Slide 11: The second requirement was to define the scope of my network. There were two main areas: clearly identifiable groups of people, such as my new colleagues, and people who are working for key organisation. For this group, I will be able to name names. The second group related to people who are working in areas which will be important in my new role, such as those working in elearning, learning analytics, etc. For this group there will be people I do not know & will only be able to find by engaging in social media services.
Slide 12The third requirement was to describe my Resource Network: the resources which will satisfy my goals and scope. The mainstream resources are easy to identify; Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn, Slideshare, mailing lists, etc. Other tools, such as Skype, led to re-acquaintance with a former colleague and an invitation to speak at a conference in Australia (although my using networked technologies!) This made me realise the potential value of serendipitous contacts: not everything has to be planned in advance.
Slide 13: Also, not everything has to be done online. The social aspects of professional relationships can also be important. In the case of my new job at Cetis, I’m looking forward to meeting my colleagues in the Old Man and Scythe, an amazing pub in Bolton which is one of the tenth oldest pubs in Britain.
Slide 14: The final requirement was to document plans for the maintenance of my network. This is very relevant for me, as I have strong network connections from my previous job. I will have a need to prune the network, as otherwise I may find myself inundated with too diverse a range of tweets, blog posts, mail messages, etc.
Slide 15: I am looking at tools such as Justunfollow and ManageFlitter which can help me to understand my network better. The next step is to make use of such tools. I currently follow over 1400 Twitter accounts. Can I prune it to 1,000, I wonder?
Slide 16: I’ve summarised my key communities in the blog post for my assignment. However I recently came across the tool which I have used to provide a visualisation of my OPLN.
Slide 17: For this assignment the MOOC participants were asked to provide the key learning points they’ve gained from the MOOC.
My takeaways are:
  • The value of planning for an Online Professional Learning Network.
  • The need to maintain the network – and even delete contacts in the network (though, as I’ve mentioned, this may be painful).
  • But we mustn’t forget the face-to-face contacts.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s