For this week, everyone in class revised their PLN from earlier in the semester. In my first PLN, I just tried to lay out all of my connections in my map, but for this one, I focused on potential career paths according to my past experiences and interests. Some of the contacts listed are ones I already have connections with, while others are ones I may want to become connected to in the future.
I chose to use Text2MindMap again because I didn’t want to sign up to use Coggle, at least not now. I was actually trying to see if I could use Word Document’s SmartArt to create a visual that could better depict how each of my networks overlap instead of just being separate branches. However, I came across some trouble formatting and organizing in Word, so I went with Text2MindMap.
While I was making a new map, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could custom design some things, like the color, font, and the size of the connecting lines. I can’t remember if I saw these options during my first PLN draft, but I’m glad I’ve been able to change some things to my preference. For example, I made all the groupings relatively the same color, except for the main title. Since my career paths all seem to include writing in some way, I chose to keep those groups in blue, and the student affairs group is purple since it’s sort of the odd one out. The other design choice I did was to place the networks that I am already in contact with closest to the group title, like the UMN Press close to the Publishing title, and the organizations that I would perhaps want to become connected to are further away, like the MCPA of the Student Affairs group.