Running Head: PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK (PLN) PLAN 1 Personal Learning Network (PLN) Plan Alexandra Foster Walden University
PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK (PLN) PLAN 2 Abstract With communication on the Internet, people can now interact with others on a whole different level. This greatly expands the topics students can explore (Riel and Fulton, 2001). In our society, knowledge is generally gained by working together. People who share similar interests work together, which generates new ideas for the group as a whole (Reil and Fulton, 2001). These two philosophies are indicators of the vast importance of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). A PLN is a social media device that allows for people to collaborate and communicate with anyone they wish. PLN’s are typically used for professional and learning purposes. In a PLN, students start off as passive consumers of information and resources, and gradually become creators of ideas and content for others to learn from (Marin, Negre & Perez, 2014). Level of participation and degree of involvement are the two driving factors of a successful PLN, as they help to create a truly collaborative learning environment for everyone (Marin et al, 2014).
PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK (PLN) PLAN 3 Personal Learning Network (PLN) Plan Networks and Tools PLN’s enable students to take control of their own learning, where they can take into account their personal goals for learning (Marin et al, 2014). Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter will be my primary social media networks for my PLN. I currently have profiles set up on each of these sites, however, there is a lot of work to be done in order to properly include them into my PLN. Facebook is likely the most “personal” of the networks, because people typically utilize this network for more personal reasons, including to share their feelings, photos, videos, stories, and more. LinkedIn is the most “professional” of these networks, because it is typically utilized for individuals seeking to promote their business or career, or employers/businesses reaching out to potential new employees (Thompson, 2012). Twitter is, in my opinion, the “in between” network. There is a relatively equal amount of both the personal and professional atmosphere on Twitter. Thompson (2012) explains that twitter is a great avenue for free professional development and networking opportunities. You can follow groups or businesses that you can learn from, or that you are interested in. All three of these social networks are ideal for my PLN, because they each provide something different to my network and they all have to potential for me to connect with and reach out to different people. My Professional Profile In my professional profile on each of my PLN sites, I will first ensure that I have included a professional photo. Grantham (2012) encourages you to include a profile picture that is clear and high resolution, also noting the importance of a good smile. My second step will be to thoroughly review my information on each site. Grantham (2012) also suggests to be sure to
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