Towards a Model of Connectedness

Being connected in a personal learning network is experienced as motivation through the drive to always be-in-the-know, through the freedom to explore, through the feelings of esteem that come from belonging, and through the pursuit of self-actualization.

Being connected in a personal learning network is experienced as learning through taking agentic action, forming personally meaningful and relevant goals, seeking and finding multiple perspectives, observing and modeling, reciprocating, finding serendipitous surprises, and creating syntheses.

Being connected in a personal learning network is experienced as identity through practice and an evolving self-concept.

Want to read more? Check out my new article:

Kennedy, J. (2018). Towards a model of connectedness in personal learning networks, Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 16(1), 21-40. Retrieved from


New Learning Technologies Minor!

The Learning Technologies Program launched a new Learning Technologies Minor this semester! Today we celebrated with an open house to welcome new students and introduce them to the interesting work and projects that are happening in the Learning Technologies Media Lab! It was great fun! Excellent prizes, good food, and the best community! A shout out to my extraordinary colleague, Dr. Angelica Pazurek, for her leadership in creating the new program for undergraduates!

Equity & Diversity Breakfast


The day started out early with my colleagues in Curriculum & Instruction at the Equity and Diversity Breakfast. The Gallery of Excellence displayed posters of recent research and projects addressing issues of equity and diversity. Awards, spoken word poetry, and a closing message from President Kaler. A nice way to start the day.

Find out more about the award recipients at the Office for Equity and Diversity.

OED Breakfast

The Power of an Hour

#hackertime day 3: working on theme and menu in a dedicated block of time.

LT Dojo today in the LT Media Lab. Topic of the recent AECT international conference was discussed along with all of the LT presentations. Thank you to Hui, Jayden, Jennifer, and Angel. #LTrockstars!