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Personal Learning Environments & Knowledge

Our open course on Personal Learning Environments and Knowledge (PLENK – and no, that’s not an awkward acronym) is off to a great start. You can still join. Week 1 readings are available here. We have almost 1200 participants in the course with over 140 blogs aggregated. As Stephen Downes notes, this is still somewhat manually done. I think PLEs today are where LMS were in late 1999: technology and software is developing quickly and pedagogical models are being explored. Give it a few more years and you’ll be able to access “click-button” hosted open courses, stripping away the technical constraints that currently exist. Each open course offering has some unique attributes. Emerging early in this course is the non-English only forum (I absolutely love the Google Translate option that sits within my Chrome browser – one-click translate). As an international course, I’ve heard of several members using Google Translate to read and then to translate their posts back into English. Currently, we’re discussing, among other things, the differences between personal learning environments and personal learning networks. (We’ll have direct link to forum posts set up soon so that you don’t have to go through the login process to read).

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  1. Hi George, Claudia Guerrero who started that Moodle thread in Spanish participated on the Connectivism Spanish MOOC

    She also participated on CritLit2010 course but she was alone She reads but can’t write in English and she couldn’t find any support from peers

    I offered support to her on PLENK2010.

    She started that thread in Spanish and became very popular and we also setup a Spanish multi author blog, PLENK2010 in Spanish to follow the course

    Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink