In online learning we often find the term personal learning network (PLN), see Wikipedia’s entry. In this activity we should try to formulate our own definition. I started searching in local resources and came across this post at the edutechwiki of University of Geneva describing PLN as:
Personal learning networks (PLN) are the connections and communications made with others to question, reflect and evaluate information in order to create new knowledge (Attwell) (2007)
This definition seems quite suitable to me but there are questions.
Are connections and communications tools, channels or people?
The definition also miss a little the contributing and sharing activitiy.
PLN is organic; PLE is mechanic. You can use ‘tools’ like Twitter
within your PLE to access your network, but the tool isn’t the
I change the above definiton to:
A personal learning network (PLN) consists of people we connect to question, reflect, discuss, contribute and share information in order to create new knowledge.
Now, the channel we choose to communicate with those people can vary from E-Mail, social media tools, google hangout or even phone. Each of these tools has its own advantages and can offer new possibilities. But as @BlancheMaynard writes, tools are not the network, people are the network.