The VLE vs PLE debate

12 July 2012

The PLE conference 2012 Aveiro 11 - 13th July 2012

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Gráinne Conole
6 July 2012

I did an (un)keynote on 13/7/2012 with Ricardo Torres Kompen for the PLE conference. We wanted to gather some views in advance and used these as the basis for the talk. We would like to carry on the debate, so if you can take a few moments to answer these questions or add links of relevance that would be great! We plan to try and synthesise the main arguments and will post back. Will also upload the fantastic videos we got from people! Thanks everyone - talk about collective intelligence! 

1. What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?
2. What are the main obstacles for building and maintaining a Personal Digital Learning Environment?
3. How has your use of technologies changed in the last five years? 
4. What are your views on the PLE vs VLE debate? is the VLE really dead?

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I've added a couple of links one to the PLE conference website and one to Ricardo's blog about the (un)keynote. We will upload our presentation and the videos in due course.

Gráinne Conole
07:22 on 6 July 2012 (Edited 09:34 on 15 July 2012)

Blog post reflecting on the process of preparing for the unkeynote and a summary of the content and discussion. 

Gráinne Conole
10:51 on 15 July 2012

Another contribution to the debate via Clem's blog.

Gráinne Conole
11:55 on 16 July 2012

1.     What is your personal digital learning environment and how do you use it?

Are there any boundaries for a PLE? Can we consider all our presence and contributions in the Cyberspace as PLE? Then, it’s considerably vast by now. There are two main dimensions of this presence, a more personal one, considering websites with biographic and cultural interests, and a professional one linked to Education, since I work at the Ministry of Education. I have recently tried to gather part of my presence in the Web, in a Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/idabrandao/ida-in-web/  -  but I've only collected a few examples.

This is a list of part of my presence in the Web:

  • Personal webpage in Weebly – biographic, CV, master degree, art interests
  • Personal webpage, with a social flavour in Multiply – blog, reviews, videos, links, photos
  • Personal spaces in Posterous – space dedicated to MOOCs in which I participate and  space dedicated to my PhD
  • Freeware for Special Needs webpage in Weebly – a personal website with professional goals
  • Blog in Edublogs, with professional goals -  repository of blogs on Special Education Needs, Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Website in Webnode on a family member who was a sculptor, deceased, with the collection of his works (sculptures and paintings)
  • Website in Wix, promoting a house sold in the current year

I use many organizers and curation tools to collect and disseminate resources/news on thematic issues:

  • Pinterest (several boards on Grounded Theory, Design based Research, Social Networks, Technology Infographics, Structuralism, Animation, etc)
  • Scoop.it (I curate two themes: Educonnet and Special Needs).  Robin Good published an interesting mindmap presentation (Mindomo)  about Content Curation for Education - http://www.mindomo.com/pt/mindmap/content-curation-for-education-and-learning-robin-good-emerge2012-98ccaad217074a07b9bff8b76effab8e
  • Livebinders  and Pearltrees (to collect articles for my PhD)
  • Symbaloo (collection lesson plans and other resources for special needs)
  • Vidque – videos on Education issues
  • I’ve produced several screencasts with JING as tutorials of freeware - mindmap, webquest, AAC, etc and used Universal Subtitles to subtitle in portuguese (for accessibilities to the deaf) and in english.
  • I use many tools for diagrams and mindmaps – Gliffy, Mindomo, Mindmeister, Webinspiration, etc
  • I make presentations with PREZI and Knovio (tried a recent one Zentation). Some older powerpoints are in Slideshare.
  • I use many image and video tools – older stuff in Imageloop – some MSN freeware like ICE, Autocollage, windows movie maker, One True Media, Masher, Capzles, Pho-to, Photovisi, etc. Infohgraphic tools like Piktograph.
  • Videoconferencing tools – BigBlueButton and Hangout (used for group work in my PhD course), WizIQ , Skype (together with iDroo), etc. I have used Adobe Connect in professional situations. Skype is used regularly to communicate with SEN teachers of the virtual community I run.
  • Courseware like MyUdutu – a developed a course on OER
  • Timeline  Tiki-Toki (recent experience to have a timelike of researchers and works on Grounded Theory)
  • I test many free tools – my favorite repository is Cool Tools for Schools, which gathers more than 300 free/shareware tools.

2. What are the main obstacles for building and maintaining a Personal Digital Learning Environment?

The main obstacle is to keep feeding all the Websites, Blogs, Scoop.it  that need to be maintained and updated. Dispersion is one of the dangers because everyday you get access to more free and sophisticated (easy to manage) tools. As you find them useful, you keep adding more and more artefacts made with these tools. As I have some webspaces for some years now, with much stuff published, I have no courage to abandon them or redo in another tool.


3. How has your use of technologies changed in the last five years? 

Technologies have evolved in the last years impressively. So many new tools and networks have emerged. I’m amazed with all the novelty I keep receiving, daily,  either through newsletters or Scoop.it I follow.


4. What are your views on the PLE vs VLE debate? is the VLE really dead?

VLE is, at the moment, still one of my main professional tools, since I monitor virtual communities of SEN teachers in Moodle.

VLE have the advantage of preserving some centrality as well as some privacy among groups. We need to have reserved virtual environments for certain purposes, as workspaces and learning environments.

VLE continue to be important for distance learning.  My master was obtained in eLearning model, Moodle was the platform used and, at present, my PhD course is also in eLearning, using Moodle as well.

My first participation in MOOCs started this year. I’ve participated in (i)  Instructional Ideas/Univ. Indiana  that used Blackboard platform; (ii) First Steps to Learning and Teaching in HE/Oxford Brookes, used Moodle platform; (iii) at this moment, I’m participating in Google Power Search that uses Google Groups, Google+, Hangout and other tools like Twitter.

The fact that one uses a VLE doesn’t hinder to use other complementary tools.

Ida Brandão
13:21 on 18 July 2012

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