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Modifications to this site: July 2010
for Echampions and Eleaders in the ACFE ementor program 2010

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This wiki has been created to keep all of my learning and advice about personal learning environments (PLEs) and personal organiser pages (POPs) in the one place. I am now being asked to provide presentations and workshops for exploring the uses of PLEs in education more frequently so I'm keen to make the best use of this wikispace as an easy to use and easy to maintain website. Throughout I'm going to refer to these both as PLEs. My latest phrase for these is Personal Learning Spaces. Below are the ppt slides I used for the presentation at the Networks on Sepember 19th, 2007.

Just prior to the above presentation my late breaking research prompted me to add the following ppt slides to represent the views of others on PLEs.

What is a PLE?

A personal learning environment can best be described as a web-based space for aggregating and displaying your links to all those sites where you're learning, teaching, researching and reflecting takes place. It's a bit like publishing your bookmarked websites for others to see. Its main purpose is to serve as a 'dashboard' for your daily practices on the web, and some people refer to this as a 'mash-up' of links, services and artefacts. You'll find a great description of PLE's and their importance to users in Graham Atwell's paper n the Wales-wide Web, and he emphasises the point that "One thing is certain - there can be no such thing as the Personal Learning Environment." You can view Graham Attwell's screencast on PLEs from this //Google Video//.

Another useful definition is "PLEs in the true intention of the term are web-based environments which we construct using our own choice of socially networked tools." aren't they? Bronwyn Hegarty, SCOPE seminar 2007.

Why would you need a PLE?

A personal learning environment can provide a 'framework' for your learning and teaching experiences, your achievements and a range of life-based learning events. It is one way of organising the many places you go to on the web, and the many tools you use to plan, schedule, remind, record and reflect your computer based activities. The best function of a PLE for me is its portability. I can be anywhere and using any computer and link directly to my own 'organised space - PLE'. It becomes my portable bookmark tool. For an insight into why I chose a PLE please access this 'Join the dots' presentation at Slideshare.

International Thoughts on PLE's

It seems there are many Thought Leaders focussed on PLE's in other countries and we can certainly learn from them. Check out this PLE Blog managed by Scott Wilson http://www.cetis.ac.uk/members/ple where he points to other articles by George Siemens who in turn points to those of Alan Levine.

A good place to visit is the SCOPE Seminar on PLEs. Another Blog on PLEs not to be missed is that of Derek Wenmouth - simply called Derek's Blog.

Examples of PLE's

It's interesting to read the conflicting opinions about PLEs and to consider if I had fallen into the trap of thinking that a PLE could be a single product. I've been developing my iGoogle page lately and find it to be of much greater value for my everyday use. My previous so-called PLE at protopage has fallen into the less visited category. If you'd like to experiment with an iGoogle page go to http://www.google.com.au and create your own page. You'll find it a rewarding and practical experience.
My protopage is located at: Coach Carole's Personal Learning Landscape Visit the protopage for more details about protopage.


It occurs to me that I need to include MySpace in my wiki - after all it is one of the biggies in popularity with a large cohort of learners - a very active environment for personal learning of all kinds. If you wish to create your own MySpace you can do that from here.


Facebook is a social utility that connects you with the people around you. You can join Facebook here.

ECTO learning

But let me tell you about a 'new' PLE that I am currently exploring, ECTO Learning - which describes itself as a hosted, open networked Personal Learning Environment. There are three components to ECTO learning, create, share and learn.
Create: Ecto lets you create interactive learning items and entire courses using your own content including RSS, YouTube, and Wikis. Content is user-generated, user-rated, and shared in the vast open Ecto library.
Share: Collaborate with a global network of learners and teachers, connecting you with classrooms across the hall, across town, and across the globe. In Ecto you can connect spontaneously to vast networks of educators and learners as well as set up peer to peer learning relationships.
Learn: Ecto is learner-centered and it is designed to help teachers who wish to adopt a more constructivist approach in their teaching. Students can explore and take an active role in their own education. With Ecto students become active learners.

Second Life Education

Some of the latest types of personal learning environments come under the category of Virtual Worlds. One of these, Second Life, is growing in popularity as a space for learning for all ages. You can find out how Second Life is being used in educational settings by visiting the Second Life Education Wiki.