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I have really tried to remember an occasion when real collaborative learning took place, that moved my own thinking forward but I don’t seem to have been there yet. I only have experiences of distance courses and I founded them often to be a copy of the equal campus course and just a little bit modified to suit the distance format.
My own Personal Learning Networks are quite “old school” since my networks meet in real life. I like to meet with people that I work with, but I can definitely see the limitations. The influences from outside are limited both for interaction and information. Even thought I knew what Twitter was before I joined the course I didn’t understood the potential of Twitter for me to keep up in a specific area. Since I started this course and created my own Twitter account I found that it suites me. I like the short format and the possibility to post pictures. However, I don’t really know yet how to use Tweets to professionally create networks but I guess that one need to be patient and just continue to follow other users of interest.
Since I don’t teach but would like to use technologies to enable networks for our research within the research community and to broadcast popular science. I guess that Twitter could be a god way to reach the research community but when using Twitter for popular science one need to think about how one present it. In addition, I guess that popular science has to be broadcast in different social medias to personalize both content and ways to reach out.