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What the heck is a PLE and why would I want one? …

What the heck is a PLE and why would I want one?
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  • Blogging this. Thanks for clarifying some of my current issues, now I'm informed that what I'm looking for is PLE mode, not monolithic mode. No wonder it was so difficult to find the appropriate tool... I'll keep using my 'loosely' integrated tools. I'll reframe what I thought was a messy patchwork to... the way to go that allows more flexibility and adaptability. Thanks!
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  • Very clear discussion of difference between common Learning Management Systems like Blackboard, D2L, etc. (controlled, walled garden) and a PLE with its open access & emphasis on one's own learning. Don't look here for details about PLE tools like RSS readers, blogs, social bookmarking, etc.<br /><br/>
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  • e-learning in the biosciences: where are we now? Alan J. Cann Department of Biology University of Leicester.
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    • 1. What the heck is a PLE and why would I want one?
      • Alan J. Cann
      • Department of Biology
      • University of Leicester.
    • 2. Web 2.0 ?
      • Web 2.0:
        • &quot;A perceived second-generation of Web-based services such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users&quot;
    • 3.  
    • 4. The Long Tail
      • Low-frequency or low-amplitude population which comprises the majority.
      • Chris Anderson, Wired , Oct. 2004
      en. wikipedia . org/wiki/Long_tail
    • 5. Systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to set their own learning goals, manage their learning, manage both content and process, and communicate with others in the process of learning. ( tinyurl .com/2zrzos ) A software system designed to help teachers by facilitating the management of educational courses for their students, especially by helping teachers and learners with course administration. ( tinyurl.com/bdjfd ) PLE VLE/LMS
    • 6. CONTROL LEARNING Systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to set their own learning goals, manage their learning, manage both content and process, and communicate with others in the process of learning. ( tinyurl .com/2zrzos ) A software system designed to help teachers by facilitating the management of educational courses for their students, especially by helping teachers and learners with course administration. ( tinyurl.com/bdjfd ) PLE VLE/LMS
    • 7. ( Martin Weller )
      • Current tools
      • (video conferencing, social networks, collaborative writing, etc)
      • Better tools
      • Personalization
        • (choice: staff and students)
      • Cost
      • Avoids software sedimentation -
      • small pieces loosely joined
      • Disintermediation -
      • cutting out the middleman
      Authentication ( OpenID , Shibboleth , OpenSocial ?) Convenience (wrapper) Support Reliability (?) Student progress PLE VLE/LMS
    • 8.
      • Flexibility:
        • Tiny: limited to a project
        • Elongated: lifelong
        • Deep: mental models
        • Infinite: reflective
      • Not a content management system
      • Engagement
      • Provides context and meaning
      • Cost
      • ( Tom Haskins )
      Inflexible Walled Garden Closed Control Excludes Expensive (how much does your institution spend on its VLE and what could you buy with that money?) PLE VLE/LMS
    • 9. Where do students find information? Google's share of all searches was 64% in March 2007, an increase of 10% versus March 2006.
    • 10. How do we manage the long tail in education?
      • We don't.
      • By embracing a Web 2.0 approach to learning objects, we can allow academic staff to support learners on a much more individual basis through new communication channels .
      • microbiologybytes.com/AJC

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