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PLEs and NRC

Congratulations to Stephen Downes and NRC! In yesterday’s OLDaily, Stephen mentions approval for what looks like a large project on personal learning environments (PLEs). I couldn’t find a detailed description of the project, but from the hiring requirements (five positions) and length (three years), it’s reasonable to assume significant financial resources have been allocated. I’m familiar with smaller research projects around PLEs and the odd journal issue devoted to exploring the concept. The project Stephen is managing – due to size and length – is a milestone. The informal theorizing of educational technologists requires a research base if PLEs are to move outside of our small network. I hope that NRC will be transparent in this project. A good opportunity exists to form a distributed research network, in addition to the core team, to brainstorm, reflect, evaluate, discuss, etc.


  1. Mike Bogle wrote:

    I saw that one come through the OLDaily. Sounds like a great project and a fascinating opportunity. Alas the commute from Sydney is a bit far :)

    Friday, January 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
  2. Darcy MacPherson wrote:

    Congratulations Stephen!

    Looking forward to your discoveries

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 8:30 am | Permalink