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The PLE conference

8 July 2010 - 9 July 2010
Barcelona, Spain

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Mike Mimirinis
6 February 2010


Personal Learning Environments (PLE) include the tools, communities, and services that constitute the individual educational platforms learners use to direct their own learning and pursue educational goals. The idea of the PLE represents a shift away from the model in which students consume information through independent channels such as the library, a textbook, or an LMS, moving instead to a model where students draw connections from a growing matrix of resources that they select and organize. Because they emphasize relationships, PLEs can promote authentic learning by incorporating expert feedback into learning activities and resources. A PLE also puts students in charge of their own learning processes, challenging them to reflect on the tools and resources that help them learn best. By design, a PLE is created from self-direction, and therefore the responsibility for organization—and thereby for learning—rests with the learner. (7 things you should know about Personal Learning Environments, Educause 2009).

The PLE Conference is intended to produce a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experience and research around the development and implementation of PLEs including the design of environments, sociological and educational issues and their effectiveness and desirability as (informal) learning spaces.

Whilst the conference includes a traditional research paper strand, we also encourage proposals for sessions in different formats including workshops, posters, debates, cafe sessions, hands on sessions and demonstrations. There will be a Spanish strand, so contributions in Spanish are also welcome!

We will also provide opportunities for unconferencing events, including the provision of spaces for informal meetings and discussions. Although the main conference takes place on 8th and 9th of July, there will be an informal launch event (with wine and tapas!) on the evening of Wednesday 7th.

As well as the face to face sessions, the conference will be supported by a variety of different online spaces. You can join the YouTube group for the PLE conference at The YouTube group will also be used for the Mediacast Contest: a celebration of User Generated Content with awards for the best three mediacast productions on Personal Learning Environments.

Selected papers will be published by the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments.

Call for Contributions

We welcome the submission of abstracts for proceedings papers, short papers, symposia, workshops and demonstrations. These can be submitted electronically through Full details may be found here: PLE2010_contributions_guidelines

You are also invited to submit proposals for conference activities in other formats. These could include cafe or debate sessions. We are especially looking for originality and relevancy of ideas and for creative proposals, in form and content in addition to the traditional, paper presentation abstracts. We welcome submissions and ideas for videos, photos, podcasts, cartoons, posters – or any other kind of artifacts you can think of.

All proposals will be subject to a peer review process and all proposals accepted will be published electronically with an ISSN number. In addition we are intending to publish a  special edition of a journal based on selected  conference papers. Please note that all submissions should be licensed under a Creative Commons licence.

Each registered participant may submit one paper or contribution to the conference.

The deadline for proposals is March 26th, 2010. You will be notified if your submission has been accepted by April 30th. For those submitting proceedings papers, the deadline for the receipt of the full paper is May 28th.

In celebration of User Generated Content we will have a Mediacasting Contest during the PLE Conference 2010 with awards for the best three mediacast productions on Personal Learning Environments.

The contest is open to all registered participants, who can create their own mediacasts, such as vodcasts (video productions) or screencasts (mixed media productions) of three minutes or less sharing their ideas, reflections and applications of personal learning environments and best suggestions for creating such environments for individuals, groups and communities.

All mediacasts must be uploaded to our YouTube Group *by June 10, 2010*. On June 11, 2010, we will start an open voting. The voting will end on July 2, 2010. The winners will be announced and awarded during the PLE conference.

Details for mediacast contributions may be found here

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