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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


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Who is to say what is active participation? (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
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Active participation - lurking on PLENK (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
It is a while that we had the last PLENK2010 session, but quite an interesting debate has flared up about the importance (or not) of active participation in Massive Open Online courses such as #PLENK2010. You might have seen George Siemens' blog post and comments, and the ones that followed by Jenny Mackness and John Mak .To learn more from PLENK participants on this issue, Helene Fournier and I hoped participants would not be quite 'surveyed out' yet and would be willing to ... [Link] 2010-12-09T21:07:00

Modelling PLE based learning (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
InWednesday's  #PLENK2010 session Sebastian Fiedler gave us his thoughts and ideas on Personal Learning Environments. He moved the discussion from the technology to the concept and made us think about the personal learning, rather than the learning environment in PLE. His model to analyse personal learning looked like this: During the discussion following his presentation quite a few questions were asked about this framework: would people move from 1 through a continuum to 5? How ... [Link] 2010-11-18T13:47:00

Feeling uncomfortable with Personal Knowledge Management (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
Harold Jarche illiminated participants on #PLENK2010 on his ideas of Personal Knowledge Management on Friday. The way he sees it seems to boil down to doing something with information in an effective way: share it and/or action it.  Vlimaka on Cryselina linked some of the readers of the week in an interesting way to what Harold had to say and made the connection between PKM and Knowledge Management in organizations and how the two might compare. I have some problems with Knowledge ... [Link] 2010-11-07T20:43:00

A model of a PLE: Socratic questioning or connectist participation in an information stream? (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
Maria Andersen presented at #PLENK2010 today. She discussed her ideas of a Personal Learning Environment. she proposed a new model of education, rather than to rebuild the old system. A revolution, rather than an evolution as she couldn't really see institutions changing very much. Her ideas for a PLE are quite different from the connectivist model and this has in my view a lot to do with her view of knowledge. As a mathematician she still sees a place for a basic body of knowledge ... [Link] 2010-10-27T19:25:00

Formal learners have the best of both worlds? (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
Thanks Dave, your post has finally made me put my fingers on the key board to write the post that I have been thinking about for the past days. You start with where most discussions on the PLE originate, in an opposition to the institutionally controlled LMS. To me it seems more helpful not to take the technologies as the central point of discussion, but the forms of learning: formal (as in institutions) and informal (as on open online networks). The idea I liked most to move from ... [Link] 2010-10-15T22:51:00

Formal learners get the best of both worlds? (Welsh Cloggy), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
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The symbiosis between theory and practice (Rita), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
Last night and this morning on the Twitter #PLENK2010 a discussion went on about the relation of theory and practice. Questions were raised about the need for theory at all. Well, I have learned over the years that to me theory is very important. For one to understand why I practice in the way I do. Also to question decisions made by politicians about education and schooling; so to understand what their aims and objectives are with schooling and if they are in the best interest of children ... [Link] 2010-10-06T12:27:00

PLE components on the climbing frame of learning (Rita), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
Hi all who responded to my post on the eXtended Web through #PLENK2010. Several of you wondered how a recommender system might work and if it would make your search less rich rather than richer in the end. On the PLENK discussion forum several of you made some suggestions. And yes, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem with recommender systems is that someone puts the algorithm together that decides what is being recommended, and what has priority in the recommendation. What ... [Link] 2010-10-04T23:46:00

The use of data to advance learning in a networked environment (Rita), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
The #PLENK2010 subject of the week is the eXtended web. In my blog post used in the resources of this week, I highlight a number of issues related to this: The use of Intelligent data for PLE development and networked learning, the challenges of an open online networked environment for learning, and access to technology. In this post I would like  to delve a little deeper in the first aspect on how data can be used to 1. enhance people's searches, and 2. on how data can be used ... [Link] 2010-09-27T23:21:00

Contrasting Institutional learning with personal learning (Rita), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
All the posts and comments on the #PLENK2010 discussion board this week so far have given me something to think about. It was a conscious decision to put the subject of the week in the title of this post. It seems most discussion has revolved around the technical platform that an institution or a person might use, rather than on what these platforms actually mean in the learning of participants. In my experience, and that is in a brick and mortar university, the LMS/VLE is mainly used to ... [Link] 2010-09-22T15:08:00

Another exciting open learning event will start on Monday! (Rita), Observations about learning, knowledge and technology
I am really pleased to be involved in another connectivist course. A Massive Open Online Course on Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge this time; #PLENK2010. I was a student at CCK08 and CCK09 and was facilitator this year at a Critical Literacies course with Stephen downes, and I will also facilitate at this one on Personal Learning Environments, which promises to become another cracker. Already over 900 participants have enrolled and the last few weeks in Moncton have ... [Link] 2010-09-11T13:43:00