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Recent Posts to PLENK2010

Learning Theories and PLE/PLN
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
This may prove to have beeen one of the most challenging weeks of the course with a focus on theory during week 4 of PLENK2010, which is just ending. Some of it is a well needed refresher, while a lot is new to me. I'm enjoying one of the readings in particular, Review of e-learning [...] [Link] 2010-10-10T05:11:36

Not to get too intimidated!
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
There is no question, #PLENK2010 has a wealth of experience and knowledge amonst the participants. Those new to the academic discussion, and the volume of discussion overall, may be overwhelmed. How can everything be understood? Well, not to worry. First, there were the analogies to demonstrate why one could not possible take it all in. [...] [Link] 2010-09-30T02:47:06

Does technology alone become the PLE?
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
After week 2 of PLENK2010, we are still left with the question of whether or not the Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is the technology used or if it is encompassing of other aspects such as people, conversations, books, and other non-digital artifacts. Also, can it be a PLE if developed and provided by an organization [...] [Link] 2010-09-29T18:40:29

Surprised at low response to survey
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
PLENK (Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge) is a course where we are exploring the literature relating to PLEs (personal learning Environments). I want to capture these publications in a reference management program. While I use one of the major ones, I have heard a lot about another, and I thought it would be a [...] [Link] 2010-09-22T21:04:10

Immersive language teaching in elementary schools
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
Something just clicked! I'm reading blog posts relating to our PLENK2010 course, and I landed on Skupiktalk. There is a picture of children apparently outside a school, with the caption, "Here is Acwsalcta (Place of Learning) outside." It caused me to reflect on my child's education in grade 1 to 5 French immersion where many [...] [Link] 2010-09-19T15:12:01

Is PLE the same as PLN?
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
The PLENK2010 course is underway, and I have completed the recommended readings and reviewed the other resources. This included participation in a live, online discussion today. There will be two of these discussions weekly. One of my early questions, prior to this course, was regarding the distinction between a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and a [...] [Link] 2010-09-16T01:32:11

The Start of PLENK2010
Tony Ratcliffe, Tony Ratcliffe
#PLENK2010 is the tag for the massive open online course (MOOC), Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge. Sponsored and organized by the The Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) of Athabasca Unviersity, it is facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Dave Cormier, and Rita Kop. In advance of the September 13, 2010, start, a discussion [...] [Link] 2010-09-11T14:04:24