Personal Learning Networks as a Support for Transitioning MSc Students

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This paper reflects on the lessons learned from an attempt to evaluate an online non-assessed module which was run for the first time in 2016 as part of a larger MSc Social Work module taken by 26 final year students. It uses a Real World Research Approach to consider the lessons which can be learned from research enquiry which yields an unexpected or disappointing response.

The paper discusses these lessons learned from initial results in the context of literature on Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) (sometimes referred to as personal learning environments). It uses this literature to explore the context within which students might use PLNs as they transition into becoming newly qualified social workers. It concludes by suggesting that further enquiry into the role of PLNs is required with a further study planned for the next academic year.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-126
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2017


  • Personal Learning Network
  • transitions
  • newly qualified
  • social work


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