Schedule


Week of...
12th September 2010
A tour of PLEs and PLNs

19th September 2010
Contrasting PLEs with LMSs

26th September 2010
The neXt/eXtended Web

3rd October 2010
PLE/PLN and learning theories

10th October 2010
Evaluating Learning in PLE/Ns

17th October 2010
Using PLEs successfully

24th October 2010
PLE/N Tools

31st October 2010
Personal knowledge management

7th November 2010
PLE/Ns in the classroom

14th November 2010
Critical perspectives on PLE/PLN

Resources


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Your Facilitators

Stephen Downes

George Siemens

Dave Cormier

Rita Kop


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Personal Learning Envronments Networks and Knowledge

In the last five years, the twin concepts of the personal learning environment (PLE) and personal learning network (PLN) have been offered as alternatives to more traditional environments such as the learning management system (LMS) and institutionally-based courses.

During that time, a substantial body of research has been produced by thinkers, technologists and practitioners in the field. Dozens of studies, reviews, conference presentations, concept papers and diagrams are now available.

The purpose of this course will be to clarify and substantiate, from the context of this new research, the concepts of personal learning environments and networks. Course facilitators and participants will analyze the research literature and evaluate it against their own experience with the intent of developing a comprehensive understanding of personal learning environments and networks.

Personal Learning Environments, Networks, and Knowledge is a course sponsored and organized by the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University.

Signing up for the course:

PLENK2010 starts September 13, 2010. If you are interested in participating in the course, please sign up here (your email address will only be used for the purpose of this open course. You can unsubscribe at any time).

As we get closer to the course date, we will be sending information on how to participate. Once the course starts, we will send regular email updates on course activities, guest speakers, and how to access the live sessions (in Elluminate).

Process:

PLENK2010 will be offered as a connectivist course, therefore offering participants to acquire the experience of developing and working within a learning network while studying the body of relevant research.

In a connectivist course course materials and course content are defined by participants as the course progresses, rather than prior to the course by instructors. Though the course outline defines a set of selected topics, these function as signposts for an iterative process of search, practice and reflection, as described here: http://connect.downes.ca/how.htm

To facilitate this process, course facilitators will maintain the following levels of course support:

  • a course wiki, which may be edited by participants, describing the course outline
  • a daily newsletter, which will aggregate student blogs, Twitter posts, and discussion posts
  • each Sunday readings and resources will be posted to the wiki and (on Monday) to the Daily
  • a Moodle discussion forum, read and responded to by course facilitators
  • Wednesday Elluminate session, usually featuring a relevant guess speaker
  • Friday Elluminate session, as a weekly review with course facilitators

The course may not be limited to this level of support as course participants are encouraged to develop their own course supports and to share those supports with other participants. Examples of such supports in previous courses have included concept maps, Google groups, Second Life sessions, in-person meetings, course-meetups, and more. Facilitators will participate in these additional supports as possible given time and facilities constraints.

Schedule:

PLENK2010 starts September 13, 2010. Sign up information is available here

Week of Topic
12th September 2010 A tour of PLEs and PLNs - diagrams, discussions, examples
19th September 2010 Contrasting personal learning with institutional learning, PLEs with LMSs
26th September 2010 Understanding the neXt/eXtended Web
3rd October 2010 PLE/PLN and learning theories
10th October 2010 Evaluating Learning in PLE/Ns
17th October 2010 Using PLEs successfully - skills, mindsets, and critical literacies
24th October 2010 PLE/N Tools - What Exists, What is Being Built?
31st October 2010 PLE/Ns and personal knowledge management
7th november 2010 PLE/Ns in the classroom (PLE/Ns and blended learning)
14th november 2010 Critical perspectives on PLE/PLN

Facilitators:
George Siemens, TEKRI
Stephen Downes, NRC
Dave Cormier, UPEI
Rita Kop, NRC
Facilitator Bios

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