Aims and objectives

This module will:

  • explore how your digital footprint can affect your professional image
  • help you use online networking platforms to develop your professional profile
  • explore platforms to enhance your digital skills.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • maintain a professional online presence
  • use your professional presence to connect with others and increase your employability
  • build a portfolio that showcases your digital skills to employers.

5. Creating a Personal Learning Network

Using a Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN) provides opportunities to collaborate and share information, continually develop your skills and remain competitive in the job market.

What is a PLN?

An online Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN) is an informal learning network that uses social media to help you connect with peers and future colleagues. You can connect with a group of people who have similar professional interests to learn from them and they can also learn from you.

Creating a PLN (YouTube, 1m39s)

Read Why build personal learning networks? Reflect on how a PLN could keep you up to date with current events within your area of interest, connect with peers and enhance your employability.

How to build and grow your Personal Learning Network

  • Join and follow groups in LinkedIn and Facebook based on your professional interests
  • Start following relevant blogs, podcasts and YouTube channels to engage with peers
  • Create a Twitter account and follow peers within your area of interest
  • Once you have made connections, try to spend 10 to 20 minutes a day interacting with your peers

Use Twitter to build your PLN

As well as LinkedIn, you can use Twitter to connect with peers. You can create networks by responding with questions to recent journal articles or posts. This can lead to engaging with the author or other commentators about the topic of interest.

Popular hashtags to engage with peers

You can use a tool like TweetDeck to schedule posts and follow specific hashtags and users. Make Search columns for different hashtags. Find out how to use TweetDeck.

Screenshot of TweetDeck showing #hashtag columns

Duration:   Approximately 30 minutes

Graduate attributes

Knowledge and skills you can gain to contribute to your Graduate attributes:

 Critical judgement

 Independence and creativity

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