Wondering how long it would take for anyone to get a community off the ground, or if everyone thought that such activities had to be officially sanctioned, I decided to "Just do it" * and see what happens.
So for the interested, we can start by defining Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) as "systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to
- set their own learning goals
- manage their learning; managing both content and process
- communicate with others in the process of learning
and thereby achieve learning goals.
A PLE may be composed of one or more sub-systems: As such it may be a desktop application, or composed of one or more web-based services." (defined here).
In relation t this definition, the more I think about PLEs, the more I come to the conclusion that, except in very special circumstances, they are social software systems accessed via a browser. (Ducks head...)
There is a mass of references to PLE literature here, mostly material from the blogosphere.
I suspect that if you join this community you will be able to cross post your blog postings on PLEs here, and we can build up a mass of (interesting?) material.
Feel free too to edit the community profile.
Mark van Harmelen
* "Just do it" used with apologies to underage factory workers everywhere