The great thing about social networking is that all calls are local! Your next learning minute could be just a tweet away. A Professional Learning Network (PLN) can include resources, people and organizations that you rely upon to help you continue learning, keep up to date on developments in your field & provide a sounding board when you need help with a thorny problem. By definition it is personal, this week you will see both Personal and Professional networks mentioned. This video ends with the quote ‘Social Media and PLNs are all about having conversations and building relationships’ to support your learning.
In a recent Twitter conversation about mentors, Maha said:
‘The key thing for me is to build a large PLN but to also focus on particular people in sustained ways, so you know whom to call upon when you need it.’ Maha Bali, 2019
To get started on network we will concentrate on two areas, Twitter and Yammer. Twitter is an open tool for social learning and networking. Yammer is part of the Office 365 suite and can be accessed in CDU from the Portal page. Your organisation may have a similar tool for networking within the organisation.
Read more about PLNs in More Detail below, then take a look at the activities under Try and finally, share your thoughts and comments under Share.
Choose one activity or do them all!
Connect: Go to Twitter or Yammer (23 Things Group) and connect with another educator in your field of interest. – 10 minutes
Consider and write: How important is connected learning to you? What does it currently involve for you? (It’s OK to be a newbie!) – 20 minutes
Try a Strategy: Check out the strategies at Becoming a connected educator: Building your PLN. Choose a strategy and put it in place. – 20-30 minutes.
Blog: Write a blog post about how your PLN has changed or evolved over the last 3 years. – 30 minutes
@Bali_Maha (2019). My informal mentors have been the most important for me. I have different people I seek for mentoring for different purposes. The key thing for me is to build a large PLN but to also focus on particular people in sustained ways, so you know whom to call upon when you need it [Twitter]. Retrieved June 12, 2019 from https://twitter.com/Bali_Maha/status/1137627683154792448.
NRC CILT. (2017). Developing your Personal Learning Network. In. Youtube. https://youtu.be/_Fby_VgVpno
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