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
    by Gitanjali Shanbhag (@gshanbhag)


  • My PLN
    by Victoria Workman (@Victoria Workman)

    Really benefitted from #exploring Twitter and the various groups, hashtags, influencers, etc.  I have now included several more in my Twitter account and added a few that I follow on LinkedIn.  Really trying to focus on “personal” learning, which adds a subtle different flavour to my usual professional development activities.  I created the image using more… »

  • Cultivate your PLN
    by Wendy Tseng (@wtseng.tw)


  • Cultivate a PLN Activity
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    Cultivate a PLN Activity – A number of twitter topics that are of interest to me.

  • Kenneth Blanchard Reminder
    by Martin Dupuis (@Martin Dupuis)

    The purpose of creating and cultivating a PLN reminds me of the Kenneth Blanchard quote, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” And the great thing about leveraging Twitter is that you can connect to great minds anywhere in the world.

  • Starting my PLN on Twitter
    by Mary Jayne (MJ) Brown (@MJ Brown)

    I am new with Twitter.  Still feeling kind of timid about using it.  I may also use Linked-In as well as Twitter as I am more comfortable with Linked-In.  I have a friend taking this course as well and we both started with Collaborator so she is certainly part of my PLN!!

  • The Spice I Add to my PLN
    by Melissa Sherrer (@MSherrerRN)

    Please see the attached image. I believe PLNs add a different spice to our growth and our work. Depending on what spices you use more or less of, it changes the outcome.

  • Using a Miro Board to represent my current PLN
    by Melissa Sherrer (@MSherrerRN)

    Please see the linked Miro board which illustrates my current PLN. I have added a few new additions this evening.

  • Cultivating my PLN
    by Sheryl Third (@Sheryl)

    This activity was a good reminder of the importance of social media especially since the pandemic began in 2020. I have been active on social media and often find material for my classes. Using twitter, linkedin and facebook I have remained connected t educators across the Country My PLN is growing as I venture into more… »

  • Cultivate my PLN
    by Jenn Harren (@j_harren)

    This is a visual representation of my PLN for cultivating information about higher education at college, and relevant ed tech tools. https://app.mindmup.com/map/_free/2021/11/aadc3ca0506211ec80ac7d957929682e

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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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