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Personal Learning Networks: Personal Learning Networks

Social media to support personal learning networks (PLN)

How social media empowers teachers

Are you afraid of sharing?

This short video from Derek Sivers is an excellent starting point for dealing with the anxiety of sharing by students and educators.

Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age


  • Informal learning is a significant aspect of our learning experience. Formal education no longer comprises the majority of our learning. Learning now occurs in a variety of ways – through communities of practice, personal networks, and through completion of work-related tasks. (George Siemens)

    Read George Siemens' article hereSiemens is one of the forerunners behind the PLN movement. In this article, Siemens discusses the theory behind PLNs. 

Where do good ideas come from?

This short video is an excerpt from Steven Johnson’s book (by the same name) which outlines the importance of sharing in networks, and how the act contributes to new innovations.

What is the role of openness in education?

Social capital and PLNs - Discovering, building, cultivating networks of learners