The rather hazy concept of a PLE has been around for a while now, but with CETIS receiving JISC funding to develop afor the PLE space, the pace of work, and debate, in this area has increased lately.
Thewas actually the second part of a two-day event. On the first day, the PLE team (based at the Universities of Bolton and Strathclyde) had gathered together a group of ‘experts’ to discuss the PLE concept. All participants provided a position paper and the day was spent debating some of the key issues. Readers are recommended to look at these as they reflect some of the very interesting thinking that is taking place in this area.
The second day was designed to report back on those discussions as well as present our current thinking on the nature of Personal Learning Environments to a wider audience. The audience of around 50 included some of the experts from the previous days meeting, as well as a cross section of learning technologists and lecturers from across HE and FE, many of whom are regulars from other Pedagogy forum meetings. With an area which is new and relatively uncharted, it was important not too preach too much and so the day was designed to include as much group discussion as presentation.