Professional Learning Networking (PLN)

WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NETWORK? A professional learning network (PLN) is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. These networks are often referred to as a personal learning networks. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection. An important part of this concept is the theory of connectivism developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Learners create connections and develop a network that contributes to their professional development and knowledge. The learner does not have to know these people personally or ever meet them in person. (Wikipedia Link)

RESEARCH LINKS:

  • EDUTOPIA Blogs on Professional Learning Networks A PLN is a tool that uses social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues anywhere at any time. Participating educators make requests and share resources.
  • EDUTOPIA LINK - A Teacher's Guide to Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN) SLIDESHARE LINK
  • LINKS TO EDUCATIONAL NETWORKS Computer Using Educators (CUE) CUE has seven active Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Each maintains a list-serv of its membership, providing a vital link to the community of CUE Members with similar interests and expertise. CUE SIGs LINK