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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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Recent Posts to PLENK2010

A generic model for a PLE
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
What better way to start this new #PLENK2010 project than with the conclusion of a previous one?  Last year I came up with a generic model for a PLE as part of a final year project.  This is basically my own "remix" of several existing PLE Diagrams combined with elements coming from the PLE literature at the time.  The model contains 6 top level activities (namely Analysing, Authoring, Collaborating, Organising, Presenting, Searching) which broadly correspond to basic "... [Link] 2010-09-14T10:12:00

PLENK2010
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
This blog will document my personal journey through PLENK2010, a new MOOC.Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge is a new Massive Open Online Course set up and facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop and Dave Cormier.  This is not a "course" per se in the traditional sense sanctioned by a grade, but more of a personal exploration of  distributed content in a collaborative context.  In excess of 1,000 participants have signed up so far (hence the "... [Link] 2010-09-13T09:46:00

Lifelong learning in a knowledge economy. What does it mean?
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
Up to a few years ago, I understood lifelong learning as a synonym for adult and continuing education which entailed taking a short course (as a night-class or a distance education module for instance) with an accredited institution (university/vocational college/private school etc.) I went through this process on several occasions in the past while at work. In some cases, it meant asking my manager to agree and sign off on a particular course as part of the company’s continuous improvement ... [Link] 2010-12-15T10:49:00

The experience of Plenk2010
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
#Plenk2010 might be coming to an end, but not for me.  As a newbie, my primary objective was to “marinate” in the chaos of a MOOC and see what happens (I think the term “marinate” comes from John Seely Brown as quoted by Harold Jarche during his Elluminate session).  Time to reflect now.  Have I learned anything?  It’s hard to say since, in the grand scheme of things, ten weeks is a relatively short period.  The answer should definitely be positive in a few ... [Link] 2010-11-19T00:42:00

PKM, PLE, PLN & acronyms
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
In Where Knowledge Management has been and where it is going - Part 1, Nancy Dixon writes:Building on Drucker’s framing, the new way of thinking about knowledge, that began in the mid 90s [...], was that knowledge was an organizational asset and if an asset then it needed to be managed. After all, organizations manage their other assets, (e.g. capital, people) so it made sense to also manage an organization’s knowledge – thus the term (which nearly everyone now regrets) “... [Link] 2010-11-10T10:56:00

Space and language
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
New media literacy requires a certain number of skills to function in a digital environment or in an online network.  Varying levels of technical skills, conceptual mindsets and critical literacies will determine a user's level of engagement with web 2.0 tools and with the social space.  A clear distinction between digital natives and immigrants (based on criteria of technological skills and age) has now been replaced by the more subtle difference between Visitors and ... [Link] 2010-10-27T09:53:00

(Un)learning theories
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
Like many other #PLENK2010 participants, I find the abundance of learning theories truly mind-boggling and intimidating.  With a personal interest in lifelong and self-directed learning, is there learning theory would best match the needs of the lifelong learner, in a formal or informal context? I recently came across a presentation on Slideshare by Barbara Stokes on Gerald Grow's Staged Self-Directed Learning model (SSDL) model.  The author suggests a staged model of ... [Link] 2010-10-13T21:56:00

Perspectives on the future web
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
The idea of the Semantic Web has been around for a few years but despite repeated efforts, I never managed to fully grasp what it was about as definitions were always cluttered with technical and obscure acronyms such as RDF, FOAF, URI, OWL etc.  From a user's perspective, what is it going to do for me, how will it work differently?  Last week's #PLENK2010 readings and discussions generated a proliferation of new terms trying to define what the future web will look like, ... [Link] 2010-10-07T10:48:00

The question of complexity
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
LMS vs PLEs.  The heading for two of last week's reading list for week 2 of #PLENK2010 evokes a power struggle.  It's all about "balancing teacher control and student autonomy" (Wendy Drexler), or a "conflict between a centralised and a decentralised model" (Martin Weller), open vs closed systems etc.  What is at stake here is power and control. Comparing one system with another brings up this type of dichotomies in an almost natural fashion.  And by the way, how ... [Link] 2010-09-29T11:18:00

The question of time
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
Yes indeed, I found this first week of the #PLENK2010 MOOC totally overwhelming as this is really my first experience of such an environment.  Moodle has taken a life of its own, blog posts are mushrooming left right and centre, the "Dailys" are piling up in my inbox, and then there's Twitter and a plethora of side discussions I am probably not aware of.  I feel swamped because everything is interesting.  The expertise and experience of the participants, the quality of the ... [Link] 2010-09-21T16:07:00

Lifelong learning in a knowledge economy. What does it mean?
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
Up to a few years ago, I understood lifelong learning as a synonym for adult and continuing education which entailed taking a short course (as a night-class or a distance education module for instance) with an accredited institution (university/vocational college/private school etc.) I went through this process on several occasions in the past while at work. In some cases, it meant asking my manager to agree and sign off on a particular course as part of the company’s continuous improvement ... [Link] 2010-12-15T10:49:00

The experience of Plenk2010
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
#Plenk2010 might be coming to an end, but not for me.  As a newbie, my primary objective was to “marinate” in the chaos of a MOOC and see what happens (I think the term “marinate” comes from John Seely Brown as quoted by Harold Jarche during his Elluminate session).  Time to reflect now.  Have I learned anything?  It’s hard to say since, in the grand scheme of things, ten weeks is a relatively short period.  The answer should definitely be positive in a few ... [Link] 2010-11-19T00:42:00

PKM, PLE, PLN & acronyms
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
In Where Knowledge Management has been and where it is going - Part 1, Nancy Dixon writes:Building on Drucker’s framing, the new way of thinking about knowledge, that began in the mid 90s [...], was that knowledge was an organizational asset and if an asset then it needed to be managed. After all, organizations manage their other assets, (e.g. capital, people) so it made sense to also manage an organization’s knowledge – thus the term (which nearly everyone now regrets) “... [Link] 2010-11-10T10:56:00

Space and language
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
New media literacy requires a certain number of skills to function in a digital environment or in an online network.  Varying levels of technical skills, conceptual mindsets and critical literacies will determine a user's level of engagement with web 2.0 tools and with the social space.  A clear distinction between digital natives and immigrants (based on criteria of technological skills and age) has now been replaced by the more subtle difference between Visitors and ... [Link] 2010-10-27T09:53:00

(Un)learning theories
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
Like many other #PLENK2010 participants, I find the abundance of learning theories truly mind-boggling and intimidating.  With a personal interest in lifelong and self-directed learning, is there learning theory would best match the needs of the lifelong learner, in a formal or informal context? I recently came across a presentation on Slideshare by Barbara Stokes on Gerald Grow's Staged Self-Directed Learning model (SSDL) model.  The author suggests a staged model of ... [Link] 2010-10-13T21:56:00

Perspectives on the future web
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
The idea of the Semantic Web has been around for a few years but despite repeated efforts, I never managed to fully grasp what it was about as definitions were always cluttered with technical and obscure acronyms such as RDF, FOAF, URI, OWL etc.  From a user's perspective, what is it going to do for me, how will it work differently?  Last week's #PLENK2010 readings and discussions generated a proliferation of new terms trying to define what the future web will look like, ... [Link] 2010-10-07T10:48:00

The question of complexity
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
LMS vs PLEs.  The heading for two of last week's reading list for week 2 of #PLENK2010 evokes a power struggle.  It's all about "balancing teacher control and student autonomy" (Wendy Drexler), or a "conflict between a centralised and a decentralised model" (Martin Weller), open vs closed systems etc.  What is at stake here is power and control. Comparing one system with another brings up this type of dichotomies in an almost natural fashion.  And by the way, how ... [Link] 2010-09-29T11:18:00

The question of time
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
Yes indeed, I found this first week of the #PLENK2010 MOOC totally overwhelming as this is really my first experience of such an environment.  Moodle has taken a life of its own, blog posts are mushrooming left right and centre, the "Dailys" are piling up in my inbox, and then there's Twitter and a plethora of side discussions I am probably not aware of.  I feel swamped because everything is interesting.  The expertise and experience of the participants, the quality of the ... [Link] 2010-09-21T16:07:00

PLENK2010
noreply@blogger.com (Guillaume Janssen), knowledge remix
This blog will document my personal journey through PLENK2010, a new MOOC.Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge is a new Massive Open Online Course set up and facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop and Dave Cormier.  This is not a "course" per se in the traditional sense sanctioned by a grade, but more of a personal exploration of  distributed content in a collaborative context.  In excess of 1,000 participants have signed up so far (hence the "... [Link] 2010-09-13T09:46:00