Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) by Jane Bozarth
“Simply showing up is not enough. As with most things in life, you get back what you put in. If you want to build a Personal Learning Network, then you must be an active part of that network; it’s not a spectator sport.” Since Social Media for Trainers was published I’ve fielded lots of questions about incorporating social media tools into workplace learning endeavors. Another question that comes up relates to the developmental needs of trainers and instructional designers: What are some strategies for building or extending your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) via social media tools? Here are a few ideas. Who? My interests are in e-Learning, instructional design, social learning, and social media. Where? My best time investment all week is the Twitter-based #lrnchat, which happens twice each Thursday (11:30 am ET with questions repeated at 8:30 pm ET). What else? The value of the PLN? It’s primarily about learning. Figure 1: Tweet to PLN asking for help. Figure 2. How?
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