Networks week – Begins January 14th

Thank you everyone for your contributions, reflections, and conversations so far. #DigPINS is the kind of learning experience that works best when we interact and learn from one another, so thank you for all of your sharing.

Some of the guiding questions this week include:

  • Who do you interact with online?
  • How do you find and join networks?
  • What are your current networks?
  • Can an institution, organization, office, or department have a digital identity and participate in a network? How is that different from an individual?
  • What are the affordances and limitations of particular networks?


#DigPINS explores digital networks from the perspective that who you interact with, and how you interact, informs and shapes your digital identity. We form one network as a group doing #DigPINS together; there is a larger network of all those who have taken #DigPINS in the past at St. Norbert; and in interacting with our colleagues at Davidson and Kenyon we’ll branch that network out even further. 

As we begin to talk about digital networks, we start to talk about being more resident in more public places. One way to think about building connections in a way that is meaningful from an academic context is by thinking of it in terms of the Personal Learning Network or PLN

For instance, Sundi (Davidson facilitator), Joe (Kenyon facilitator), and I are part of a larger network of folks who work around instructional design, educational technology, and digital pedagogy. There is a lot of overlap in our PLNs and this week we will introduce you to some of the people that we learn from online.

Things to do this week:

  • Watch this video from our facilitators: 
  • Develop Your Network  –
    1. Check out the list of suggested twitter accounts (and hashtags) from the #DigPINS facilitators – follow accounts that look interesting to you.
    2. Start looking for environments and individuals who are working the public in areas that you are interested in professionally and academically. Connect with ones that you feel an affinity towards.
  • Play” the Nicky Case narrative game The Wisdom and/or Madness of Crowds to dip your toe into the world of network science. Note that this experience has lots of little call-outs with extra information – read and interact with what you are drawn to.
  • #DigPINS Drop-in Video Call Wednesday, January 16th – 10:30am – 11:30am Central (11:30am to 12:30pm Eastern) – This call is a broad invite to all who are participating in the Davidson, Kenyon, or SNC cohorts. Stay for the whole hour or just pop in and introduce yourself and run. Since this time may not work for everyone the call will be recorded for viewing later. We will be using Zoom to facilitate the call so you will need to download and install the Zoom client to participate – check out this page if you are new to Zoom. Come meet others thinking about #DigPINS at other institutions!
  • Live Twitter Chat – Friday at 3 PM Central  (4pm Eastern). Donna Lanclos (one of the developers of the Visitor and Resident mapping process) will lead us in a twitter chat around questions concerning networks using #DigPINS. Watch the #DigPINS tag at the designated time for questions from Donna and be ready to respond. Twitter chats can move quickly sometimes so don’t be overwhelmed and feel like you need to read everything if it picks up – you can always go back afterward. If you are new to twitter you may want to check out this twitter chat primer.
  • There are 3 readings this week, all linked below. They are in order of relevance; if you don’t have time for all start at the top and get through as much as you can.
  • Blogging and Slacking – We have been doing a great job of having conversation in Slack and on the blog but this week you should start working in the public more (disclaimer: if you have concerns about working in the public due to security or privacy talk to me). Maybe consider not just promoting your blog post in Slack but posting it to twitter – don’t forget to tag #DigPINS. Our main prompt for the week is to consider people and environments for building your PLN and share your process for finding and connecting with them. We have three main tools that we are using Slack, the blog, and Twitter. Note that they all have various levels of how public you can be on them. If this is not apparent to you please bring it up on Slack for further discussion or reach out to me (Autumm) personally.


Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online – Maha Bali

Digital Identity in a World that Never Forgets – Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt

Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy – Alison Seaman

Alternate reading (if you want more)

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation – Anne Helen Petersen – this is your first pass at a long and complex article; we have lots of thoughts (not all positive). This will be required reading for next week.