The Last PLN Hoorah!

 

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Sitting here writing what seems to be my last PLN related post is unreal. I feel as though last week was September and I was sitting in class going over our new IDS Senior Capstone course syllabus and weekly PLN post instructions. The purpose of Twitter was to help explore different aspects of your self designed IDS major. This included organizations, celebrities, spokes people, charities, and campaigns who pertained to the field of your choice. Through the resources above, students could find more and more opportunities to explore.  As a Twitter feed began to build so did the ease to find new ideas, journal articles, scientific studies and news reports. My personal learning network was not limited to my Twitter account, I was able to use information learned in my classes, community lectures sponsored by the university and other information seen along the way. For example one of my most interesting PLN experiences was from the Fall 2017 Saul O Sidore Lecture Series. I initially attended the lecture simply because learning about advocating for a child’s access to health care was something that interested me. It was not until after the lecture I realized how it could tie perfectly into my Global Health personal learning network.  What is most beneficial about having a PLN through Twitter is it’s community aspect. Especially with fellow classmates it is a great way to share ideas related to another person’s desired field while in your own! A large improvement on my applied project was because someone shared an article with me that they saw on Twitter while scrolling through their feed. Due to this encounter I was able to strengthen my project! Lastly, what I found to be most beneficial about my PLN through Twitter were future career opportunities in the Global Health field. As a senior going into my second semester of college the pressure is starting to hit me. Simply scrolling through my feed I have seen opportunities for employment in which I hope to pursue. I am lucky to have an education where I mix social media to help improve my learning. To get a closer look at some of my favorite PLN tweets click here!

One thought on “The Last PLN Hoorah!”

  1. I love this holistic approach to PLN-building: “My personal learning network was not limited to my Twitter account, I was able to use information learned in my classes, community lectures sponsored by the university and other information seen along the way.” Awesome!

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