Exploring PLNs: Schedule

As an open, online learning event, this five-week seminar is bound to begin well before its official start date (October 7, 2013) and extend long after we have said our virtual “see-you-laters” (November 5, 2013). That said, the schedule and time commitments outlined below are for 5 weeks during which the seminar will officially be “in session.”

Time commitment

We estimate the time commitment to be 3-4 hours/week if you fully participate in all events and activities. But we’ve designed this seminar to allow moving in and out as your schedule permits.

“Live” video broadcast and Twitter chat scheduling

“Live” activities – Google Hangout video broadcasts and scheduled Twitter chats –  are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. U.S. Central Time (Chicago). However, all video broadcasts will be recorded and accessible via YouTube immediately after they have concluded so that you may watch them at your leisure. To accommodate our global audience we are also considering additional Twitter chat times.

More details will be released as we get closer to the start date. In the meantime – make sure you have your favorite time zone converter bookmarked.

Here is the schedule by week and day:

Week 1 (Week of Oct. 7)

  • An orientation to this seminar and introduction to the community
  • Registered participants will be invited to use our online seminar workbook and self-assessments
  • First virtual Google+ Hangout on Air (video broadcast) session at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) Tuesday, Oct. 8
  • #xplnchat Twitter Chat at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) Wednesday, Oct. 9

Week 2 (Week of Oct. 14)

  • Introduction to PLNs–what are they?
  • Pros and cons of PLNs, for individuals and organizations
  • Second virtual Google+ Hangout on Air (video broadcast) session at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • #xplnchat Twitter Chat at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Wednesday, Oct. 16

Week 3 (Week of Oct. 21)

  • Differentiating PLNs from other individual and organizational approaches to learning
  • Barriers to PLNs in organizations
  • Third virtual Google+ Hangout on Air (video broadcast) session at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • #xplnchat Twitter Chat at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Wednesday, Oct. 23

Week 4 (Week of Oct. 28)

  • Practical problem for PLN advocates in organizations
  • Creating artifacts online
  • Fourth virtual Google+ Hangout on Air (video broadcast) session at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Tuesday, Oct. 29
  • #xplnchat Twitter Chat at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Wednesday, Oct. 30

Week 5 (Week of Nov. 4)

  • Lessons learned from problem solving
  • Artifact debrief
  • Final virtual Google+ Hangout on Air (video broadcast) session at 8 pm Central Time (Chicago) on Tuesday, Nov. 5