Trying to control PLEs?

I listened to this presentation about responsive open learning environments (ROLE project) at WOLCE.

The presentation and aims of the ROLE project seem to suggest that informal learning, personal learning environments and people can be controlled.

Yes it’s important to measure performance but for me, trying to capture and control the journeys, environments and learning of individuals is not the best way to do this.

Any thoughts?

Handbook of emerging technologies for learning

A handbook written by  George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger as well as a wiki that will continue to be updated is now available.

“This Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning (HETL) has been designed as a resource for educators planning to incorporate technologies in their teaching and learning activities.”

Really worth reading.


Twine looks interesting;

“Twine is a new service that intelligently helps you share, organize and find information with people you trust…Twine helps you better leverage and contribute to the collective intelligence of your network…Twine provides one place to tie everything together: emails, bookmarks, documents, contacts, photos, videos, product info, data records, and more. And, because Twine actually understands the meaning of any information you add in, it helps you organize all your stuff automatically……  you can search and browse everything and everyone you know, about anything, in one convenient place….Twine recognizes what makes you special: your unique interests, personality, knowledge and relationships, to help you find and discover things, and be found by others, more relevantly……Twine uses the Semantic Web, natural language processing, and machine learning to make your information and relationships smarter………  just think of Twine as your very own intelligent personal Web assistant, working for you behind the scenes so you can be more productive.”


Top 10 Tools

Jane Hart invited me to contribute to the top ten tools  feature. My full thoughts are here;

In summary my top 10 are;

WordPress, Google Search, Google personalised home page, Explode, Facebook, Technorati, Elluminate, Blackberry, You Tube and My ears, fingers, eyes & voice.

I guess I’d struggle with many of these without the last one on the list!

Stephen Downes, Web 2.0 and Learning

Stephen Downes in his presentation talks about web 2.0 and learning. This is a summary of the empowering messages linked to learning  that I have taken away from Stephen’s session. I wonder how these will be different from the messages that others retrieve ?

“To gain from self-directed learning, you must be self-directing”

“You are at the centre of your own personal learning network”

“Pull is better than push.” It’s better to retrieve what you want rather than receive what others want you to have

Make sharing knowledge, experiences & opinions a habit and a priority

“If opportunities for interaction aren’t there, create them”

“Take charge of your own learning.” Be clear about how you learn. Use your own words & examples to categorise, make sense of and to store knowledge.

Relevance is about getting what you want, when you want it. If you don’t need it now, delete it, you’ll be able to find it somewhere on the web later.