EdTech 543: Creative Expression of CoP, PLN, & Connectivism


I really enjoyed creating a nonlinguistical image for Community of Practice (CoP), Personal Learning Network (PLN), and Connectivism. It helped me to realize that even though these three are independent concepts, they are all connected in some way.

CoP: A community of practice is defined as “learning that occurs in social contexts that emerge and evolve when people who have common goals interact as they strive towards those goals” (Shin & Bickel, 2008). In the top, grey section of my nonlinguistic image, this is displayed by showing different people coming together through ideas and common goals.

PLN: A personal learning network is described as a personalized group of “fellow educators and resources who are designed to make them a better teacher. This network exists both in their real-life relationships and online through their social media connections” (Catapano, n.d. para. 1). This is displayed in the bottom right, light green section of my nonlinguistic image. There are several social media platforms displayed as well as Google, email, blogs, Skype, etc. These forms of digital communication make connection, collaboration, and the sharing of resources possible across the globe.

Connectivism: The learning theory of connectivism explains how “Internet technologies have created new opportunities for people to learn and share information across the World Wide Web and among themselves” (Siemens, 2005). This can be accomplished through numerous Web 2.0 technologies and social media platforms such as blogs, email, Web sites, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Wikis, discussion forums, etc. My image of connectivism can be found in the bottom left, blue box. It shows a connection through technology across the world through these types of social networks. It allows users to be connected to people they may not necessarily know, but share common goals or subject interest.

These three concepts are great on their own, but even more powerful as they are connected together. To display this, I added a continuous arrow connecting the images of CoP, PLN, and connectivism to a target. This shows that the goal is the main purpose, but all parts need to work together in order for all parties to benefit and grow.


Catapano, J. (n.d.). What is a pnl? Why do i need one? Teacher Hub. Retrieved from http://www.teachhub.com/what-pln-why-do-i-need-one.

Shin & Bickel (2008) – in Chris Kimble and Paul Hildreth (2008). Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators. Information Age Publishing. ISBN 1593118635. Retrieved from http://www.innovativelearning.com/teaching/communities_of_practice.html.

Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 2(1), 3-10. Retrieved fromĀ https://www.learning-theories.com/connectivism-siemens-downes.html