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How do I build a Personal Learning Network?

Who do you turn to when you need to learn something new? The person sitting next to you? Your manager? A former colleague? By developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN), you can expand this list as wide as you like.

On this week’s GoodPractice Podcast, L&D consultant Fiona McBride joins Owen Ferguson and Ross Garner to share her advice and experiences with her PLN.

Show notes

Fiona’s website is

The book Ross referenced was Bowling Alone, by Robert Putnam, available at:

The Brene Brown ‘marble jar’ story is online at:

If you want to talk to a random Swede, dial +46 771 793 336. Details are here:

The paper Owen discussed was: Whiten, A., Allan, G., Devlin, S., Kseib, N., Raw, N., & McGuigan, N. (2016). Social learning in the real-world:‘over-imitation’occurs in both children and adults unaware of participation in an experiment and independently of social interaction. PloS one11(7), e0159920. Available online at: 

And the autobiography of David Scott and Alexei Leonov was Two Sides of the Moon, available from:

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If you’d like to share your thoughts on this episode, you can find us on Twitter @RossGarnerGP@OwenFerguson and @FionaMcBride.

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About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Instructional Design Manager

Instructional Design Manager Ross works with clients and their subject matters to design engaging online courses. In his former years, he had purple hair and worked as an entertainment reporter for STV.

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