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Personal Learning Network (PLN): A How To Guide

I have spoken a lot about personal learning networks over the years, in fact I wax poetic about them in my book, #socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare. More recently as part of an EdTech session that I am participating in early next year I was asked to put together a set of ‘how to’ videos that explore how I structure my lifelong learning and my own PLN. This video resource set is intended to be distributed as a ‘flipped resource’ for that meeting, but I thought, since the content might be useful to those not attending the January meeting, that there may be some benefit in posting the resource set here too.

As you work through the videos think about whether there are other technologies that I might add (I have a few in mind) and I will append the series over time.


Personal Learning Network Introduction

How to use  Twitter and Hootsuite to Enhance Your PLN

How to use  Google Alerts to Enhance Your PLN

How to use  PubMed and MyNCBI to Enhance Your PLN

How to use  a Blog Archive to Enhance Your PLN

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

2 Responses to “Personal Learning Network (PLN): A How To Guide”

By Greselda - 16 December 2013

These videos were concise and informative as well as engaging. Although I am familiar with most of these approaches, it helped me to consider how I can optimize them to expand my PLN.

By Brian S McGowan, PhD - 16 December 2013

Thanks Greselda. This series is intended to be coordinated with a variety of other short videos leading up to an ACEhp14 technology session. I hope that they work as stand alone modules, but hope they work even better as a small piece in a larger project!


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