Forward­thinking educators have begun purposefully building online social networks, known as

Personal Learning Networks (PLN)s, of colleagues and experts in the field. Rather than see social

networks as an annoyance or way of wasting time, these educators have made them an invaluable

means of personal and professional growth. Business professionals can benefit from following their

lead. Creating a PLN often is a guide for professionals and committed lifelong learners to help build

relationships with others from all over the world. With careful work and commitment to building and

maintaining a PLN, the possibilities for connection are endless.

To prepare for this Assignment, review the materials in the Learning Resources and consider novel

ways in which you might use technology to foster new connections and seek information and advice.

By Day 7

Submit a 3­ to 5­page paper in which you create the plan for your PLN. Your paper should include

the following:

A description of what networks and tools you will use to create your PLN, including a brief rationale

for each

Information you will present in your professional profile (which may be placed on one or more social

media platforms), including specific text you will use to identify yourself and your interests for those

who might be interested in following you or joining your PLN

A categorized, annotated list of at least 5 people or groups that you might add to your PLN (through

their Twitter feed, blog, LinkedIn page, etc.), including the following for each person or group:

A brief (1–2 paragraphs) rationale for why you would include the person or group in your PLN

A brief (1 paragraph) description of the process by which you found the person or group you added

to your PLN, e.g., by browsing a group’s Twitter feed and then deciding to add it to your own PLN,

by locating another person the group’s feed follows, by finding a group on Facebook and deciding to

send a friend request to an individual within that group, etc.

Support your work with a minimum of two specific citations per page from this week’s Learning

Resources and/or additional scholarly sources.

Be sure to use the APA Course Paper Template (6th Ed.) to complete this Assignment. Please Note:

For each page of your paper, you must include a minimum of two APA­formatted scholarly citations

and paper must have an abstract.

Learning Resources:

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings

List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Grantham, N. (2012, January 24). 5 education Twitter profiles you really can learn from [Blog post].

Retrieved from­twitter­profiles/

Grantham, N. (2012, April 17). 5 tips to building a healthy PLN with Twitter [Blog post]. Retrieved


Marín, V., Negre, F., & Pérez, A. (2014). Construction of the foundations of the PLE and PLN for

collaborative learning. Comunicar, 21(42), 35–42. doi: 10.3916/C42­2014­03


Olehnovica, E., Bolgzda, I., & Kravale­Pauli?a, M. (2014). Individual potential of doctoral students:

Structure of research competences and self­assessment. Procedia­Social and Behavioral Sciences,

174(12) 3557–3564. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.1072

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Riel, M., & Fulton, K. (2001). The role of technology in supporting learning communities. Phi Delta

Kappan, 82(7), 518–523.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Rockinson­Szpakiw, A. J., Spaulding, L. S., & Knight, A. (2015). Protecting the marriage relationship

during the doctoral journey: Strategies for students and partners based on the strong marital house

concept. The Family Journal, 23(2), 141–146. doi:10.1177/1066480714565106

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Thompson, S. (2012, May 20). Personal learning networks (PLN) 101: Twitter [Blog post]. Retrieved


Thompson, S. (2012, July 19). Deepen your digital footprint: A beginner to intermediate guide to

increasing online traffic and web presence [Blog post]. Retrieved from­your­digital­footprint­a­beginnerto­intermediate­guide­to­increasing­online­traffic­and­web­presence/


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