What are they?
Why do we need them?
How can we go about developing them?
The learning process requires one to
distinguish how his/her mind operates.
There is there fore that need to create a
personal environment that depicts his/her
personal thoughts and values.
This presentation aims to illustrate how one
can go about creating his/her own personal
network and why is it important to do so.
Personal learning networks go hand in hand
with Professional learning networks which are
Professional network services that comprise of
individuals who aim to enhance professional
interactions rather than social interactions, as
stated by (Ivanova 2009; 7). Even though social
networking sites are used to enhance those
online communities that allow users to create a web
presence, manage their identities, and stay connected
to friends and colleagues. Social networks like
Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn are among the most
popular destinations on the web, with millions of users
from around the globe signing up daily.
These sites are quickly growing from being mere
public profiles into platforms for communication,
creativity, advertising, and even commerce, by
This is because it is possible for them to
data, information and “knowledge fusion”
enhancing accessibility, productivity and
research tools providing
forming groups of personal and
Where connection runs from one end to the other
and planting information.
•In engaging in
•In individual or
•In social and
- To subject
- To peers and
- To another
lifecycle in a learning network
This is because interactions between different
people contribute to the growth of an
Sharing ideas in ones comfort zone makes it
easy for them to think and express themselves
more, just as illustrated above.
This makes it vital for professional networks to
form part of the learning process.
A wider and productive society that is able to
From this point on we can be enabled to:
Help learners take control of and manage their
This includes providing support for learners to
set their own learning goals, manage their
managing both content and process;
communicate with others in the process of
learning and thereby achieve learning goals,
Ivanova (2009) argues.
In other words where can they be found and
how does one register to be part of them?
The internet plays a big role in the formation of
those sites and the connection of individuals.
Take a look at what the internet can offer you in
developing your own personal network below!!!!
Forming Learning Network for Competence
LMS, Social network, Start page
Informal learning is also described as a person
who is riding a bike who is able to choose
his/her path as described by Hart (2012).
This relates to personal learning networks and
what they aim to achieve.