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Edtech 543-Week 2- COP, Connectivism, and PLN

Identifying each of the concepts of Communities of Practice, Connectivism, and Personal Learning Networks, and then finding how they are different but connected was a great way for me to gain a deeper understanding of each.

Community of Practice

The idea behind Community of Practice to me is working together with other in a unified professional way to accomplish the same goal.  It’s bringing similar training, experience, and practice together with others to achieve success.  Jeffrey W. Bloom states, “as one enters the community, you move from peripheral participation (i.e., engaging in conversations with those in the community and observing how they act and talk) to full participation (Bloom, 2003).  This is the goal of COP, to go from conversation to participation.


To me Connectivism is using the knowledge from work experience and personal learning experiences to connect in a way that gains further understanding. The whole idea is using your knowledge and connecting it to the knowledge of others. One thing that is interesting about Connectivism and technology is how technology has changed the way we gain knowledge. “Learning (defined as actionable knowledge) can reside outside of ourselves (within an organization or a database)” (Siemens, 2004).  With technology we are able to take learning to a whole new level because we can reach further into databases of knowledge.

Personal Learning Network

PLN is personally learning by connecting with others.  To me the idea is that PLNs organize a team of knowledge seekers that are looking for the same type of information.  By teaming up and combining experiences, understanding is greatly enhanced.  For example, in a blog post from The Educator’s PLN, Blanca Flor Dominguez stated, “one way to help future educators to be more involved is through joining clubs in college” (Domingo, 2014).  The idea of learning together can be exciting and effective.  With technology tools that we have today like Facebook or Twitter, getting connected is easier.

Put it all together

How does COP, Connectivism, and PLN all relate to eachother?  One very common theme in each of them is getting connected.  Connected to other professionals, connected to experience and knowledge, and connected on common goals for knowledge.  The key to making each of them work is found today in Social Networking tools and application.





Bloom, J. W. Communities of Practice: Entering the Professional Teaching Community. . Retrieved , from

Domingo, B. F. (2014, May 21). Having Future Students Involved. – The Educator’s PLN. Retrieved June 24, 2014, from

George, S. (2005, April 5). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. . Retrieved June 24, 2014, from


Please see and comment on my Voicethread that shows my visual representations of each.

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EDTECH 543-First Blog Assignment

I am excited about this course!  My initial reactions about joining the social networks were, “hmm, I already have accounts on each of these!”.  This is my last course (besides Portfolio) in the MET program and so I have been well introduced to many tech tools.  I decided that for the purpose of this course I would start clean new accounts (besides Diigo, which I already had a BSU account) and it feels good having a fresh start.

My experience using social media for professional development has been fairly limited besides the projects in the MET program.  Each seminary has a Facebook page and I have done some work on them but other than that the most social media I have experienced in work is using WEBEx and email (not sure if these qualify as social media).

Since each Seminary has a Facebook page I have attempted some instructional strategy for Seminary students by encouraging them to read scriptures and post about their experience.  Unfortunately it hasn’t caught on like I had hoped.  Hopefully this course will help me to find ways to make it “catch fire” and be successful.

My expectations for this course is to continue to learn how to social media in a more effective way.  I would like to discover other social media outlets that may be newer and better.  I would like to discover ways to really bring social media to life and have it become a powerful tool in learning.  I’m excited to get started!

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EDTECH 543-FB post status

Hello! I am Matt Hoge and I teach Seminary for the LDS Church.  I am in the BSU EDTech graduate program because my employer strongly encouraged me to complete grad school.  This is my last class! (besides portfolio).  I have really enjoyed the EDTech program and have learned a lot.   I am taking this course because I had an extra elective and I have always been interested in the power of social networking in learning.  The statistics of the amount of time and users in social networking is incredible and I think it’s a powerful tool I would like to use more effectively. I hope (and expect) this course will help me to learn about Social Networking and how to implement it into learning.

Below is a picture of my family.  From L to R: My wife Cassie, 3 month old boy Coulson (below), 5 year old Chesnie (above), me, and 2 year old Corban.

My Family

This is a video I made to introduce myself in EDTECH 501.  Needs a little updating but for the most part it describes me!

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