Kernel 2 – Digital Networks January 8th -13th (Liminal Days 8th and 13th)

Welcome to Kernel 2 – Digital Networks

Thank you everyone for your contributions, reflections, and conversations so far.

As we begin to talk about digital networks we start to talk about being more resident in more public places. This can be scary and to mitigate that some I’d like to introduce you to my personal learning network and invite you to interact with them.

They are all focused on issues of higher education and digital pedagogy – many of them are concerned about social justice issues in digital spaces. Alternatively, if you have connections in your own discipline or you would like to work on that you can but of course I don’t have connections in every discipline.

With our work from Kernel 1 you should have three tools at your disposal – Slack, Twitter, and your blog. You can be resident in any of these but starting with this kernel, for those who are comfortable, I’d like to start moving to Twitter as a focus. Remember that Slack is always there as more private place to connect with the SNC group.



Because of its public nature twitter is the place where many networks and communities have formed, and it is “open” or “flat” in the sense that you can join lots of conversations. Twitter can be a bit scarier because there are a lot of people you don’t know in there.

Residency in Twitter

If you have an account maybe you have not posted anything yet. To move into that resident space a little more you could post a hello while tagging #DigPINS. If you are a little further along you could find some people to follow – check out my suggestions below, you could respond to some people who are posting to #DigPINS to welcome them, or search out others to interact with.

Suggested Hashtags: #DigPINS #DigCiz #AcDigID  / #Antigonish2 (notes: If you just search for these tags in twitter it will give you the ‘top’ results and you need to click ‘Latest’ to see chronological order, also cases do not matter for hashtags but I’ve done so here for aesthetic reasons)

Suggested Follows: Well let’s start with me – you can follow me if you want and I’ll follow you back, @autumm – 2m’s, I also won’t feel bad if ever in the future you want to unfollow me because DigPINS is over and you want to follow a different kind of audience.

I consider these folks part of my Personal Learning Network (PLN). They are well connected and regularly post and interact on Twitter in areas of higher education, digital pedagogy, critical perspectives on educational technology, and more – Many of them are likely to respond but twitter is often a storm and everyone’s individual contexts are fluxing all of the time so if they don’t respond don’t take it to heart: Some folks you may already know from our conversations or other connections to SNC:

@actualham – keynote last year and this year at SNC’s T3, hoping to have sync session with her soon, open pedagogy

@bonstewart – Past #DigPINS guest in video for this kernel, past SNC T3 keynote, researcher on scholarly uses of twitter

@bali_maha – One of my best friends, one of the co-directors of my side project Virtually Connecting, author on one of our readings this week

@laurapasquini – Our #DigPINS guest this week, researching institutional perspectives on scholarly social media

@donnalancalos – Writes, researches, and presents on VandR mapping; author of one of our readings from kernel 1; wants me warn you that she means every word of her twitter bio

@hypervisible – Expert in digital security and privacy, digital redlining, I mentioned an article of his in Slack

@amcollier – Digital sanctuary, author of a piece we will read in the pedagogy kernel

@courosa – Author/subject of some of our readings, professor of edtech and education researcher

@daniellynds – Worked with many at SNC, social network analysis, instructional design

@sundilu worked with many at SNC, designed initial DigPINS at SNC, co-designed and often co-delivers #DigCiz conversations with me

Others who are awesome for just so many reasons but don’t have a direct connection to SNC or DigPINS (yet):@amichaelberman, @slamteacher @jessifer, @catherinecronin, @hj_dewaard@harmonygritz, @shorterpearson, @readywriting


Your Blog

At this point you should also have a blog where you can post some longer reflections of your thinking regarding what we are talking about in DigPINS. If you don’t want to create a blog I can create an account for you here on Back and forth conversation is great but it doesn’t go very deep and can feel kind of shallow after some time. The blog posts are meant to just give you some space to let us know what you have been thinking about without the limits of something like twitter but still public.

Don’t like writing your thoughts out? Consider an audio or video post. Maybe your post is a series of images with some captions that tells a story – get creative.

Residency in Your Blog

You contribute to residency in a blog not just by writing and posting but by reading and connecting with others who are blogging. Once you publish a blog post you need to share your post. For this course you can always post to our Slack if you only want a smaller reach or on Twitter with #DigPINS if you would hope to tease out a larger audience. Of course it is the web so it is important to remember that it is technically pubic. Consider your audience when blogging – who is it for?

Posting is not enough – it is really about reading. Residency is about creating connections and you will never connect unless you are listening to others. Take time to read a few blogs and make some comments. Maybe your next post is an expansion on thoughts expressed on someone else’s post and you link to them and talk about how their thinking impacted yours. Many blogs have a little ‘like’ button these days which is the most passive way to interact with someone’s post but it is something.


Things to do this week:

  1. Reflect, post, and connect (blog) – Liminal day between kernel 1 and 2 is the 8th – there is no “due date” for blogging but you should reflect on each kernel. Keep an eye out for other participants blog posts on Slack and Twitter, read them, comment on them, maybe your blog post links back to theirs – make it a conversation.
  2. Watch this week’s video from me – it is short since this post is so long
  3. There is one video and 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. If you are new to Twitter, be sure to watch the video with Bonnie Stewart about networks from a past DigPINS.
  4. Pay attention to #DigPINS. Take a minute and check it everyday. Think of it as a very slow discussion. Post some of your thoughts or link to other things you are seeing.
  5. Google Hangout with Laura Pasquini – Timing being discussed in the Slack now but currently slated for Jan 9th at 2pm CDT. Moved to Jan. 16th at 3pm.
  6. Participate in a Live Twitter Chat#AcDigID Laura Pasquini’s is holding a Twitter chat on Friday, January 12th 11am-12pm CDT. Twitter chats are when a bunch of people agree to be on twitter at the same time to discuss a series of topics. This of this as a potentially very fast discussion. This chat will be attended by participants from Laura’s Academic Digital Identity workshop happening next week – you can read more here.
  7. Get ready to reflect, post, and connect (blog) again – Liminal day is the 13th when we transition to Kernel 3 – Digital Scholarship so keep that in the back of your mind throughout our conversations.


Videos / Readings – Required

Developing Networks – Video from previous #DigPINS with Bonnie Stewart (Video starts at 27:23 – at minimum watch through 36:40 but feel free to watch whole thing)

Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as DemocracyAlison Seaman

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

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


Technical help:

Getting Started w/ Twitter: and Maximizing Your Learning on Twitter

Link to Tweetdeck: – Twitter can be overwhelming because of so much information coming at you at once. Tweetdeck allows you to organize by search terms, hashtags, user lists… etc.

And of course remember you can reach out to me if you need help by DMing me on Slack or Twitter