Assignment: Infographic and Reflection on PLN

For Part A of this Assignment, you will create an infographic, an image that illustrates how the people, organizations, and resources that you currently use form your present Personal Learning Network (PLN). For Part B of this Assignment, you will evaluate professional educational technology resources.

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Part A: Course Project: Infographic

An infographic is explained in the Course Overview video located in this module’s Learning Resources. Consider how you currently relate to, and fit within, the field of educational technology.

Review the PLN Handout located in this module’s Learning Resources, and visit the websites dedicated to PLNs. Read the Seaman and Wagner articles, and view the multimedia pieces that include an introduction to the course and examples of infographics. Also read the document on infographics as it provides suggestions for your own PLN along with directions for creating one. Please review the Assignment rubric to see the requirements for your infographic.

Create an infographic representing your current PLN. Search for templates on infographics on the World Wide Web that will help you create your PLN. Include the following in your infographic:

  • A minimum of two scholars and/or thought leaders
  • A minimum of two practitioners
  • One social media community
  • Two professional organizations where you can connect with other members of your profession
  • Two professional conferences where you can connect with other members of your profession
  • Two authors you like to follow

Throughout this course you will be asked to revisit and add to your PLN as you continue to grow and network with leaders in the field of educational technology.

Part B: Reflection on PLN

In one paragraph each:

  • (#1) Identify the scholars, thought leaders, practitioners, social media communities, organizations, publications, and/or conferences that are most attractive to you. Share why they are important to you. In Module 2, you will explain how you expanded your PLN to include some of these resources.
  • (#2) Identify which organizations, publications, conferences, and social media communities are recognized as reputable sources within the field. Include each group’s or publication’s focus and/or strength.
  • (#3) Based on your reading of Chapters 1 and 10 in the Definitions book, and after watching the two videos in this module’s Learning Resources, discuss your view on the title of your field as it relates to educational technology. Explain whether you believe educational technology is the best title or whether you prefer one of the others.

This module’s submission should include the following:

  • Cover page
  • Page 1: Infographic (single-page illustration presented within a Word document (e.g., a “.jpg” file inserted into a page))
  • Page 2–3: Answers to Part B: Reflection on PLN bulleted items: three well-written paragraphs

    (Note that in scholarly writing, a paragraph is typically 3–7 sentences in length and should include citations.)

  • Page 4: References: Include the references for all of the material you cited in your reflections using APA formatting.
  • Page 5: Rubric: Paste the rubric for this Assignment at the end of this document. Assess your Assignment:Infographic and Reflectionon PLN using the center column on the Assignment rubric.

Rubric Detail

Level of Achievement
Cover Page

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

Cover Page includes • Assignment Title • Course Number and Name • Student Name and ID • Instructor Name • Date

Infographic

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

A minimum of two scholars and/or thought leaders are included in your PLN.

Infographic

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

A minimum of two practitioners are included in your PLN

Infographic

0 (0%) – 1 (2%)

At least one social media community is included in your PLN. If you are not a member of a social media community, list one you are considering joining.

Infographic

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

At least two professional organizations are listed where you can connect with other members of your profession.

Infographic

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

At least two professional conferences are listed where you connect with others in your profession.

Infographic

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

Two authors you regularly follow professionally or plan to follow are included in your PLN.

Infographic

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

Live hyperlinks are included for each element of your PLN.

Infographic Mechanics

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

A web based template or tool was used to create the Infographic

Infographic Mechanics

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

The Infographic was one page in length.

Infographic Mechanics

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

A balanced use of graphics and text are used in the design.

Reflection on Your PLN and the Field of Educational Technology

0 (0%) – 6 (12%)

The relevance and importance of each element of the Infographic to your professional life is described in one paragraph. [NOTE: a scholarly paragraph is succinctly written with 3 – 7 sentences]

Reflection on Your PLN and the Field of Educational Technology

0 (0%) – 4 (8%)

The main focus is explained for each organization, conference, publication, and social media outlet you selected in one paragraph

Reflection on Your PLN and the Field of Educational Technology

0 (0%) – 6 (12%)

Your position on the name of the field of Educational Technology was well stated and supported. If you preferred a different name, you justified your position in one paragraph.

Reflection on Your PLN and the Field of Educational Technology

0 (0%) – 3 (6%)

Your reflection is written with proper grammar and punctuation.

References

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

References follow APA 6th formatting

References

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

References to the course learning resources used for this assignment are included.

References

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

References to the professional organizations included in your PLN are included

Paste This Rubric on Assignment

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

You pasted your Rubric on the last page of your Infographic and Reflection on a PLN assignment.

Paste This Rubric on Assignment

0 (0%) – 2 (4%)

You completed a self-assessment of your Infographic and Reflection on a PLN using the rubric for this assignment.

Total Points: 50