WK 4 Assgn Dogonyaro.H..doc - 1 Building a Personal Learning Network Hauwa Dogonyaro Walden University 2 Abstract This paper examines the importance of

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1 Building a Personal Learning Network Hauwa Dogonyaro Walden University
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2 Abstract This paper examines the importance of creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN). It’s a powerful online life-changing platform that brings professionals with a common goal together and identifies strengths and weaknesses of individuals which provide adaptive solutions to the challenging factors. The paper also examines the different tools used in creating a PLN for effective communication and benefits.
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3 PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK Personal Learning Network (PLN) as a new paradigm is a platform that brings together learners and intellectuals with a common goal to share new ideas, thoughts and have interest on the same topics (Brauer, Schmidt, & Winschu 2013). These people are from a diverse environment with different learning culture. The most common learning environment is the classroom, but there is educational reform in the 21 st Century, as technology brings people together in virtual forms. The importance of the PLN is that people contribute their knowledge and share resources (Marin, Negre, & Perez 2014). The social media play out an important role in the development of PLN. As indicated by (Cabero 2007), the Internet has increasingly changed from its depositary form of information to converting a social instrument for the elaboration of knowledge. NETWORK AND TOOLS TO CREATE A PLN The networks cannot be overemphasized in the learning environment. The social networks play important roles in the lives of individuals as they bring people together to share their personal and professional experiences. The internet is a worldwide technology that provides participation and education to the society (Riel & Fulton, 2001). The world can barely survive without technology. There are several tools available to create a PLN for example, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google+. I prefer to use the LinkedIn and Facebook platform, as I consider them as sites with more professionals than the others. Over the past, I have connected with people that we share common professional goals. This is not to insinuate that the others lack professional networking, but its my preference based on my experience. I had found several job
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