The VLE vs. PLE debateGráinne Conole and Ricardo Torres Kompen PLE Conference, Aveiro, 13th July 2012
The PLE and the VLE: which is which???
Outline• Format for the unkeynote – Process pre-conference – Downes on VLEs vs. PLEs – For each question: • Quotes • Summary • Audience discussion • Videos – Emergent themes – Vote!!!• Carry on the debate on Cloudworks, FB and Twitter!
The process• Questions, prompts on Twitter and FB• Experts invited to provide short videos• Space to aggregate resources and for discussion on Cloudworkshttp://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/6391
Questions1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?2. What are the main obstacles for building and maintaining a Personal Digital Learning Environment?3. How has your use of technologies changed in the last five years?4. What are your views on the PLE vs VLE debate? Is the VLE really dead?
1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?Antonella EspositoTwitter: I like its nature of open asymmetric socialnetwork, which enables me to continously find newsources of knowledge and usuallypleasant interaction, pearls of wisdom ora mere, precious LOL ;-) It took time to build a goodnetwork, but I increasingly appreciate the value to beconnected in a web of conversations. Especially loveintercepting conferences and sharing links toreports, blog posts and published articles. Butsometimes some great chats occur, despite the 140characters.
1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?José MotaI see the PLE not as a technological platform or a setof tools, but as an ecosystem or an ecologyof people, tools and resources you interact withonline. Its very dynamic and keeps changing andadapting according to my needs and interests.Those I rely the most on are, currently, GoogleReader, Twitter, blog (Wordpress), Google+, Diigo(synchronized with Delicious to use the Firefox add-on), Gmail and Google Docs. I also use Scoop.it, butmostly for teaching and am going to focus more onMendeley while writing my Phd.
1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?Martin DougiamasA collection of feeds that I generally checkdaily, carefully selected to maximise the signal tonoise ratio.The rest are larger projects that I give myself, to learnthis or that. They are usually hands on activitieswhere I construct something useful for others to seeand perhaps use.
1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?David Martin Blogging and Social Media? Try digitallearning in a corporate environment. Still very lastcentury!David Hopkins (1) Twitter, LinkedIn, and own blog ...(2) time ... (3) iPhone and iPad means Im connectedall the time, which isnt always a good thing ... (4)want to see a working PLE before I decide, but Iprefer the ability to bring the tools I want/need intomy learning environment instead of being forced toused prescribed VLE ones (which arent always thebest or technically capable). Hope this helps.
1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?Alastair Creelman I have a toolbox compiled onSymbaloo that includes Twitter, Fb etc as well as RSSfeeds from news sites, blogs and search criteria viaNetvibesEbba Ossiannilsson Working on it all thetime, Netvibes is on; i wished I could have a simplerone and I wish I could have better overview of myresourses and my social networking/media.
Gilly Salmon - @gillysalmon
Joyce Seitzinger - @catspyjamasnz
2. Main obstacles for building and maintaining a PLE? Antonella Esposito It comes to mind the necessary efforts for a continuing engagement in building and maintaining a PLE. Someone in a MOOC mentioned gardening as a compliant metaphor. Moreover, one has to iteratively re-focus her own objectives in order to get the most from this hanging out and moving around. However the most difficult thing it is grappling with two opposite but productive behaviours: keep control and let the river run. Serendipity and intentionality.
2. Main obstacles for building/maintaining a PLE? José MotaThe first obvious difficulty would be, I guess, the lackof enough technical proficiency and enough onlineexperience to develop an effective and rewarding PLE.Understanding online culture, getting familiar with modesof communication, developing enough technical skills tobe autonomous takes time and effort, that can, often, beminimized with some modelling or guidance. Anotherdifficulty is keeping the participation level and being anactive and valuable contributor, so that your PLE isntjust a black hole that sucks everything but fromwhere nothing comes out :-). Being active and sharingknowledge, ideas, artifacts, questions, resources, experiences, etc. is a crucial part of ones PLE, but that is notalways easy to keep up continuously.
2. Main obstacles for building/maintaining a PLE? Martin Dougiamas Curating it. What do you need, and what do you not need. Alastair Creelman Time to create a coherent structure, finding which tools fit where Ebba Ossiannilsson Universities the "desire and needs" of control
SteveWheeler - @timbuckteeth
IleneDawn Alexander - @IleneDawn
3. Change in use of technologies in the last 5 years?Antonella EspositoI think you need a niche of co-evolution (eg a MOOC) tomake sense of the current plethora of social media andunderstand what it is worth for you doing with them. Forme since 2009 Cloudworks has worked as a niche, in which Iimitated others digital behaviours, progressively acquiredself-confidence and finally tried to propose mycontributions, as content curator, occasional blogger ortireless twitterer. To tell the truth, my current digitalbehaviours have been shaped by attending Cloudworks forabout two years. Now I adopt different tools andhave different objectives, but I have experimented there thetype of online engagement that I currently undertake. Thenice thing is that there are still traces of these early attempts.These traces would deserve a more careful reflection...
3. Change in use of technologies in the last 5 years?José MotaI cannot pin point major differences, apart from the tools andservices that come and go - some disappear, others becomeobsolete, new ones are created, some of my interests andneeds change, etc. I guess I am using the technologies more orless the same I did five years ago, for the purposes I statedabove.Martin DougiamasIt used to be mail, then iGoogle for years but now itsFlipboard and Reeder on an iPad.
3. Change in use of technologies in the last 5 years?Philip Butler Hah! massively! (and I dont even like technologythat much but some of it is life-changing). ULCC have somevery interesting statistics showing how communications andcollaborative activity decrease in a VLE when its a componentof a digital framework (ULCC Personalised Learning model).Its moved to student arenas like the e-Portfolio whichchallenges the social constructivist design we talk of whendealing with Moodle, etc.Alastair Creelman Ive moved to cloud services almostcompletely, also more mobile thanks to iPhone and iPad
3. Change in use of technologies in the last 5 years?Ebba Ossiannilsson networking much more with friends andcolleagues from all over the world and even more informalnetworking with colleagues. Contact here and now, faster andmore intense networking, easier with collaborative, buildingon trust, The way you show with this small exercise is anexcellent exampleDeeper and more close relation with people, Sharing andconnections are the key and use and reuse
Helen Keegan - @heloukee
4. Is the VLE really dead?Antonella EspositoThe VLE is alive and healthy, and in many cases keepson effectively serving institution-boundededucational offerings. However, its importance in thelife of a learner is closely linked to the timespan ofthe course/class/forum in which s/he is enrolled in.A PLE affords data portability, it can become youre-portfolio among the formal educational initiativesand work tasks in which you take part.
4. Is the VLE really dead?José MotaThis would take a while to discuss :-), but the briefanswer is no, of course not. Formal education andinstitutions have requirements that need to be met….The idea of an open, distributed environment forlearning is not equally appealing foreveryone, especially when there are assignments andgrades and certifications involved. On the otherhand, the LMS provides a secure, centralized andpractical way for formal educational contexts, despiteits many shortcomings.
4. Is the VLE really dead?José Mota…institutionally supported VLEs (whichare, in most cases, VLE 2.0, actually) thatprovide an experience that, to someextent, is similar to that of a PLE but withsome of the strong points of the LMS(centralized, secure, managed byinstitution, "all-in-one-place")…
4. Is the VLE really dead?José MotaCurrently, for formal education, my favourite set up isusing an LMS like Moodle for some core coursecomponents (information, learning contract, somebase content and resources, some of the assessment,support forum, elements that may require privacywithin the cohort, etc.) and than the students PLEsfor searching, managing information, publishing theirwork, cooperating/collaborating/communicating withother relevant people outside the course, etc.,making the most of what a networked learningexperience has to offer.
4. Is the VLE really dead? Martin DougiamasNot at all. An institution has to "be" somewhere onthe web. They are also rich sources of informationlike any other web sites (a lot of my feeds are RSSfrom Moodle, for example), and places to getinvolved in collaborative projects.Alastair Creelman 90% are not ready for PLE and itshard to define. VLE will live for many years to come asa clear administrative tool. VLE may well shrink tobecome a white dwarf (secure area for identity-sensitive information and examination material). Therest will be PLE.
4. Is the VLE really dead?David Cummings Btw, I think its unhelpful to think inManichaean allegories. VLE vs PLE. Its like comparingfacebook to social media, ie platform vs concept.Ebba Ossiannilsson As long as institutions cant leavethe control I think we unfortunately have to have theVLE, I mean when people lock even OERs into alocked VLE, something is wrong. The main thing is letthe learners take the control, and leave the controlneeds and demands...I wish VLE was dead long timeago, even worst is that still dept at universities createtheir own which can’t communicate with anythingelse...
ChahiraNouhira - @CosmoCat
JaneChallinor - @virtualleader
Themes• Curation and filtration• Digital literacy skills and understanding the online culture• It takes time to appropriate these tools into your practice, need for learning by doing• Keeping up• Participation• Need for structured, guided learning pathways, open/distributed learning environments not for
Themes• Rich range of tools for finding and managing information, and communicating and collaborating – each person adapts and personalises• Closed institutionally controlled systems vs. portable, learner- controlled tools• An ecosystem or ecology or people, resource and tools online• Blurring of boundaries between the VLE and the PLE
Vote! http://twtpoll.com/ygdu01Is the VLE dead, long live the PLE? http://www.flickr.com/photos/preshaa/4603343169/
Crystal gazing• Blurring of boundaries• Mix of institutional and cloud-based tools• Spectrum of formal and informal offerings• More sophisticated learning analytics tools• Learning design tools to guide practice