Jul 232014

From his brand new home on the web, Martin Weller asks Why don’t we talk about PLEs anymore? and then provides a handful of reasons. He is mostly right if one accepts his idea of the concept which, in my opinion, is  an oversimplified view of what a PLE is, focusing on the tools only. Although some people have taken that perspective, many others who developed the concept offer a much more complex understanding, including besides the tools also the resources you interact with/explore and the people you connect to – this would be the PLN . (personal learning network) part of your PLE. Furthermore, it has also been construed not as a set of tools a user prefers, but more as a personal approach (a “life style”, if you will) to your online actions and interactions (with people and resources) from which you learn (informally, non-formally and formally).

PLE anatomy

Steve Wheeler (click on image to see original post)

In that sense,the concept of PLE embodies the very essence of (yes, I am going to say it) web 2.0 – user control, ownership, users as producers as well as consumers (prosumers), personal choice, decentralization and rhizomatic nature, participatory culture, etc. At a pedagogical level, it means learner-centeredness, learner control, autonomy and independence, create more than reproduce, curate more than memorize, reflect and practice more than process and apply. It is related to visions of a free, user oriented web, and of meaningful and relevant learning experiences. It relates to what Stephen Downes has been saying for a long time, to Connectivism, to Jim Groom’s Domain of one’s own, to Project Reclaim, etc.

So, yes, the PLE concept has faded and now the talk is all about MOOCs – unfortunately, not the original idea, which, again, was very much tied to PLEs, but to its simplified reinterpretation by elite universities and subsequent followers (dump content on platforms for a mass of people). I bet that if someone in Silicon Valley comes forward and claims to have invented it (again), offering a simplified and monetizable version of the concept, it will become the next buzz word :-).

Dec 102012

Depois de um processo estimulante e muito, muito divertido para construirmos colaborativamente uma apresentação alargada mas, ao mesmo tempo, integrada dos vários tipos de ambientes de aprendizagem online e de algumas utilizações possíveis, aqui fica o resultado (com áudio) tal como foi apresentado na ticEDUCA2012 (02-12-2012), no Simpósio “xLE – Ecologias de colaboração, cooperação e aprendizagem online” que organizei com a Paula Silva, a Maria João, o João Paz e o Paulo Simões (pela ordem de apresentação).

De salientar que o facto de termos apresentado a um domingo de manhã, pelas 9 horas, pode ter tido influência no facto de, pelo meio, se ter falado da Hello Kitty, de LEGOs e da Abelha Maia. Digressões que, naturalmente, ficaram só para os corajosos (seriam 8, talvez) que madrugaram connosco.

No slide 2 estão os links para as outras apresentações nesse simpósio.

Jul 182011

Some #PLE_SOU news,

Linda Harris has posted an interesting summary of the conference, with links to several great resources (papers, presentations, scoop.it mash-up, etc.) – http://www.lisaharrismarketing.com/events/reflections-on-the-personal-learning-environment-conference-at-southampton-ple_sou/;

Linda Castañeda has published some very nice pictures on Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindacastaneda/sets/72157627224236364/.

PLE_SOU: over but still going :-).

Jul 132010

Home back from Barcelona, where I ran a workshop with Paulo Simões titled “Twitter: the heart of your PLE?” at the PLE Conference 2010, hosted at Citilab in Cornellá. Here’s the presentation we used to support the workshop (we’ve got some nice feedback :-)).

May 182010

The 1st conference of the Master’s in eLearning Pedagogy (MPEL), labeled “myMpel 2010”, took place last Friday, 14 May, at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações in Lisbon. It started out as an idea for an informal meeting among teachers and students from the 4 editions of the master’s program to exchange ideas and experiences, organized by Lina Morgado as the Master’s Coordinator, strongly supported by an engaged group of students from MPEL 3.  In the end, it came out as a great academic conference shared by many people around the world through Elluminate (where some presentations were broadcasted), Twitter – #mpelconf – and the social site created to support the conference, with a handful of presentations, both from teachers and students, which were really worth attending. It was also a great opportunity for informal exchanges.

All considered, I’d say it was a perfect day and one to stand as a milestone in MPeL’s history.

Photos of the conference on Flickr.

I contributed with a presentation titled “Os PLE – Ambientes Pessoais de Aprendizagem na Universidade Aberta” [PT].