, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 246–252 | Cite as

Enriching Professional Learning Networks: A Framework for Identification, Reflection, and Intention

  • Daniel G. KrutkaEmail author
  • Jeffrey Paul Carpenter
  • Torrey Trust
Original Paper


Many educators in the 21st century utilize social media platforms to enrich professional learning networks (PLNs). PLNs are uniquely personalized networks that can support participatory and continuous learning. Social media services can mediate professional engagements with a wide variety of people, spaces and tools that might not otherwise be available. Teachers who once might have had access to only a handful of colleagues can now employ Facebook, Twitter and other mediums to learn from peers across the globe at any time. However, educators face numerous challenges building and enhancing their PLNs for professional growth. To support educators in the development of their PLNs, we present a framework for PLN enrichment. Rooted in our research and experiences with PLNs, this flexible framework is designed to help educators reflect upon how they might continuously improve their PLN experiences and outcomes.


Professional learning networks Social media Professional development Participatory media Teacher education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel G. Krutka
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jeffrey Paul Carpenter
    • 2
  • Torrey Trust
    • 3
  1. 1.Teacher EducationTexas Woman’s UniversityDentonUSA
  2. 2.Elon UniversityElonUSA
  3. 3.Teacher Education & Curriculum StudiesUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA

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