Expanding Your Professional Learning Network through Social Media

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3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Connect, Collaborate with Other Teaching Professionals to Share and Grow Beyond the Classroom

Many educators are utilizing, if not pioneering, creative learning pathways that engage students in social networking to build classroom community and inspire personal growth. However, to what extent do educators harness the full potential of social networks for their own professional growth and development? Leveraging social media in your professional learning network can be transformational. Used intentionally, social networking can provide a venue so rich in information, resources, and support it can revitalize or completely shift your career path. This course will direct you to experience social media as a connected educator, to rethink your digital identities, and to utilize good networking practices for communication and sharing. You will be empowered to practice and reflect upon your use of social networking functions across five major platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. By the end of this course, you will be able to plan, implement, and expand your network with meaningful connections and resources aligned with your goals and interests.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Grade K-12 educators looking to expand their professional network with others.

Course Materials:  None

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X748R – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Expanding Your Professional Learning Network through Social Media

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Jennifer Hair

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What You Will Learn

  • Explore and actively engage and interact with social media and its use in education
  • Create and develop a methodology of communicating with other educational professionals to share classroom activities, lesson plans, resources, concerns, and philosophies, using social networking tools
  • Explore and identify how using social media is transforming educators
  • Identify and evaluate how social media can support a collaborative teaching environment and collaborative tool for learning
  • Discover and explore educational resources and organizations dedicated to the future of education
  • Enhance your knowledge and learning experience in the classroom through social media networking
  • Create and expand a Professional Learning Network tailored to your own unique and individual professional development needs


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Why USD?

The Professional and Continuing Education program nurtures key partnerships on the local, national, and international level. The goal is to better serve working professionals who seek to enhance or build their careers and help achieve their highest value and potential. Contact us today to learn more.

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