Forward-thinking educators have begun purposefully building online social networks, known as Personal Learning Networks (PLN)s, of colleagues and experts in the field. Rather than see social networks as an annoyance or way of wasting time, these educators have made them an invaluable means of personal and professional growth. Business professionals can benefit from following their lead. Creating a PLN often is a guide for professionals and committed lifelong learners to help build relationships with others from all over the world. With careful work and commitment to building and maintaining a PLN, the possibilities for connection are endless.
Submit a 3-page paper in which you create the plan for your PLN. Your paper should include the following:
- A description of what networks and tools you will use to create your PLN, including a brief rationale for each
- Information you will present in your professional profile (which may be placed on one or more social media platforms), including specific text you will use to identify yourself and your interests for those who might be interested in following you or joining your PLN
- A categorized, annotated list of at least 5 people or groups that you might add to your PLN (through their Twitter feed, blog, LinkedIn page, etc.), including the following for each person or group:
- A brief (1â€“2 paragraphs) rationale for why you would include the person or group in your PLN
- A brief (1 paragraph) description of the process by which you found the person or group you added to your PLN, e.g., by browsing a groupâ€™s Twitter feed and then deciding to add it to your own PLN, by locating another person the groupâ€™s feed follows, by finding a group on Facebook and deciding to send a friend request to an individual within that group, etc.
- Support your work with a minimum of two specific citations per page from this weekâ€™s Learning Resources and/or additional scholarly sources.
Please Note: For each page of your paper, you must include a minimum of two APA-formatted scholarly citations.