A personal learning network, although often emergent and continually developing, does not just happen. It requires cultivation. To begin your thinking on how to cultivate your PLN, read Howard Rheingold’s Advice on Building a PLN.

  • Find a professional group or individuals who align with your professional interests. Start by reviewing the Twitter EdChat calendar and Inside Higher Ed’s Twitter Directory. Find the virtual places that feel most comfortable and sustainable for you. Go where your people are, be strategic, and take your cues from people in your network. For example, if you notice at a conference that several presenters are posting their Twitter account names, then Twitter is likely the place where others will be found. Or perhaps the common gathering place for your discipline is something other than Twitter, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or a Slack.See also the Twitter list of people and organizations related to Ontario Extend for possible accounts to follow.
  • Represent new additions to your PLN. Now, using the Extend Toolkit find a creative visual way to showcase/illustrate which professional group aligns most to your professional interests.

This activity is part of the Cultivate Your PLN section of the Collaborator Module.

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  • My PLN is Developing
    by Erin Gilbart (@egilbart)

    My personal learning network is in development. I have created a word cloud to show some of the resources, tools, and groups I currently access and follow to gain useful insights to extend both my teaching practice and to embed new knowledge into my course content. I hope to further build this network as I more… »

  • Wesley Butler – Cultivate Your PLN
    by Wesley Butler (@wbutler925)

    In my Professional Learning Network, I would use Microsoft Teams as the primary platform, and invite faculty from Conestoga’s Schools of Creative Industries and Online Learning departments to join and learn together. I divided the attached image into three separate factors: (1) Target audiences – outlined in the last sentence, since they teach similar courses; more… »

  • Cultivate my PLN
    by Brian Percheson (@bpercheson)

    I am an Adult Instructor in a First Nations community and we have a group that does Boot Camp, an 30-45 minute exercise routine that we advertise by word of mouth. I know that we can cultivate our PLN’s by joining a common group via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and from there, network with hashtags into more… »

  • Cultivate my PLN
    by Elizabeth Stanley (@Penny123)

    My PLN will focus on Teaching Technical subjects as I teach Graduate engineers.  The beauty of creating and mapping your PLN is that it clarifies how you approach you existing network.   This Extend module assists in generating new on-line contacts to your PLN especially on Twitter.  I used an Unsplash sports car image to indicate more… »

  • Cultivate My PLN Agile
    by Meyer Tanuan (@meyertanuan)

    For this activity, I (re)started to cultivate my PLN and summarized it in a conceptual map.

  • Cultivating a PLN
    by Diana Spear (@Diana S)

    Formalizing my PLN is a work in progress and so my visual shows the first few steps in this process. I chose a tree, because I imagine each new connection is like a new branch in my network and each year it grows some more. I have been “following” a variety of organizations that interest more… »

  • Cultivating MY PLN
    by Karen Burns (@karen.burns)

    This exercise was a little overwhelming for me as there is so much information out there that my plan could be huge and too difficult to follow. To avoid this, I limited my areas of interest to just 5 topics.  I then researched using the guidelines provided in this module and came up with 5 more… »

  • Learning through time
    by Cynthia Gordon (@cynthia.gordon)

    When I read this activity my mind ventured a little from the current world of twitter and LinkedIn.  One of my main interests is Adult Learning in all it’s forms, especially distance education.  There is a long history of how this has been delivered and this info graphic covers about 80 years of history, but more… »

  • Cultivate Your PLN: My PLN using Instagram – Second attempt!
    by Mary Dancey (@Mary Dancey)

    This was a pretty cool exercise.  Instagram is my network of choice as my industry, Kitchen & Bath Design,  is very visual and I find that Instagram helps to feed my need for inspiration and knowledge.  I also teach kitchen & bath design and find my existing PLN is very informative.  Today I spent some more… »

  • Cultivate Your PLN: My PLN using Instagram
    by Mary Dancey (@Mary Dancey)

    This was a pretty cool exercise.  Instagram is my network of choice as my industry, Kitchen & Bath Design,  is very visual and I find that Instagram helps to feed my need for inspiration and knowledge.  I also teach kitchen & bath design and find my existing PLN is very informative.  Today I spent some more… »

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    • Baby Network
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      I’m just getting started of developing my personal learning network. Actively pursuing this hasn’t been a priority for me in the past, but as I’ve begun to engage in the instructional design and ed tech industry, I see that it’s becoming increasingly important.

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