A personal learning network (PLN) is a personalized space where you can share and create content from professionals, students, and even yourself that is related to your field/studies. This can be used on a social media platform such as Twitter or even Instagram. Anything platform that allows you to share information and follow those in your field builds your PLN.
Using Twitter, I created a PLN that is focused around Health Science. Athletic Training and Social Sciences are the two subjects that form my degree and PLN of Health Sciences. A lot of the professionals I followed are either Athletic Trainers, Personal Trainers, Doctors, Physical Therapists, and more related to the health field. I basically starting following people I already knew who were prominent in the industry, and from their page I would look at who they were following and that gave me great access to other individuals or organizations I did not know existed.
A pedagogy is “a site of praxis, a place where theories about learning, teaching, technology, and social justice enter into a conversation with each other and inform the development of educational practices and structures.” For me, this is a website where I can share content related to my major that isn’t necessarily controlled by anyone or any educational system. I have ownership of this domain and schools today are incorporating this more and more. OERs (open educational resources), provide free access to such domains or even textbooks, videos, and other educational resources. We already pay enough for our education, don’t we deserve some free resources such as textbooks to compensate for our accomplishments?
My PLN has helped give me access to others in my field that I plan to be involved with. Even though I’m still not an Athletic Trainer, I am still able to follow those who are and maybe even have them follow me back if they like my PLN and what it represents. This opens door to jobs and future careers that maybe wouldn’t be possible without that personal learning network.