To map your PLN, use a tool such as Google Draw, Coggle, Miro, a Teams Whiteboard template or even PowerPoint (see more Visual Organizer Tools in the Extend Toolkit), to create a visual diagram of the people, organizations, collectives, and others who are in your network. If creating a visual diagram presents a barrier for you, you can map your PLN by creating an audio, video, or written reflection. Whatever the format, be prepared to upload your work or provide a URL to its location in your response to this activity.

To Do:

  1. Identify a focus of your PLN. It could be your academic discipline or professional area, a topic on which you’ve already done some research or work, or a learning interest that you’re passionate about.
  2. Place your topic somewhere on your map. (You might put it in the central node, but remember, you are the centre of your learning network!)
  3. Identify a few people who already belong to your network as it relates to your interest or topic. These will be your nodes. They might be colleagues, influential educators, mentors, or people you’ve met at conferences or events. They could also be members of professional organizations. These are your existing connections.
  4. Think of a few more nodes that you may not yet know personally but who you would like to include in your network and add those nodes. Who are the noted scholars or experts in your area of interest that you might follow? (Note: you can tap into your  Cultivate your PLN activity to use some of your new connections.)
  5. Map the nodes (names) that you’ve identified onto your diagram. Your diagram should include at least 5 nodes by name (i.e., specific individuals and organizations).
  6. Add details to each of the nodes in your PLN. Review your map and identify any patterns that emerge. For example, you might categorize the following in the design of your diagram (e.g., by grouping, or by using different colours, symbols, or text labels):
    • Their role (e.g., educator, science researcher, blogger).
    • Their role in your network (e.g., collaborator, mentor, provocateur, consultant).
    • The relative weight of the connection (e.g., strong tie, weak tie).
    • The reciprocity of the connection (e.g., one-way, dialogue).
    • The technologies you use to connect to your network.
    • The relationships between the different nodes (i.e., identify clusters of nodes who may interact).
    • Anything else that helps to illustrate your interactions—past, present, or future—with your network.
  7. Export your diagram (or other) to an image format. Upload it or use a link to the image in your response to the Mapping Your PLN.
  8. After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.

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

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  • Map your PLN Activity
    by Megan Anderson (@manderson)

    I’m treating this submission as a first attempt. I found I’m having a hard time getting my ideas our into a visual that I like, or that I think makes sense. So this document is just my initial attempt and definitely needs further revision and refinement. I might even try a different mapping tool as more… »

  • Mapping my Instructional Design PLN
    by Jessica Joy (

    An initial attempt at mapping my PLN was to research sources of knowledge rather than truly explore my network of connections. In the end I found a balance of resources and places to connect with my network such as through trade events and by engaging in professional development activities. My map began to grow quite more… »

  • Mapping my PLN
    by Brian Smith (@brian.smith)

    I actually diagrammed using Coggle in the previous exercise.  To build out on the mapping exercise I experimented with more levels, a legend for colour and added icons to give more context to the PLN.  Proves out that you can rapidly add dimensions to your PLN.

  • Map
    by Caitlin Cull (@ccull)


  • Mapping my PLN
    by Gitanjali Shanbhag (@gshanbhag)

    This was a great exercise for me as I was finally able to put my “go-to” people on a concept map. Since I am new in my role, I still need to develop a network of external collaborators (external to the University) but my goal is to be able to use social media platforms (maybe more… »

  • MY PLN Map
    by Victoria Workman (@Victoria Workman)

    For this Personal Learning Network map, I created the graphic in PowerPoint.  The four quadrants are the main networking strategies and the pink arrows are the networking themes for my personal development interests.  In red, I have highlighted the key individuals or groups where I have only a small connection and wish to grow.  The more… »

  • Mapping your PLN
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  • My PLN
    by Martin Dupuis (@Martin Dupuis)

    This is a great exercise to move you to a more focused and proactive campaign of learning.

  • Mapping Your PLN Activity
    by John Colling (@johncolling)

    Mapping Your PLN Activity – John Colling

  • Mapping my PLN
    by Mary Jayne (MJ) Brown (@MJ Brown)

    I am looking forward to adding to my PLN.  This is a start and I am still very green at this.

    4 Resources for this Activity

      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog)

      A comprehensive review site of hundreds of mind-mapping software plus a blog full of related articles.

    • PLN Mapping
      shared by Lori Strauss (@lstrauss)

      I often reflect on the value I add as I enter my winter years in teaching this program. Doing this exercise helped me see the value of the seasoned educator in the connections and quick access to resources to support the students, and their learning. Through the ever building network of friends, colleagues, community of more… »

    • Toddler Learning Network
      shared by Christopher Rowe (@ChristopherRowe)

      While my network is still young… it’s growing and maturing. I’ve now had an opportunity to connect with some more people and to analyze the nature of those connections. I have a lot of work to do here to grow the network and get more engaged… but it’s a start.

    • Visual Organizing Tools (Extend Toolkit)
      shared by Alan Levine (@cogdogblog)

      Find recommended tools for creating mind maps

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    One Response to “Mapping your PLN”

    1. Mary Jayne (MJ) Brown

      This is a very interesting experience (experiment). It is good to have a visual of our connections and collaborations in our PLN. I am looking forward to adding more!


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