PLE2010 Conference – what did we achieve

Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu, Jul 19, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Graham Attwell summarizes what was achieved at the recent pLE conference:
- "we seemed to have moved beyond the stage of defining a PLE by what it is not i.e. not a VLE"
- "One controversial issue was how far it was possible to provide an institutional PLE."
- "the innovation in appropriating technologies for pedagogic innovation."
- "disappointment was that the major focus for PLE development and implementation for the vast majority of participants was for learners within schools and universities."
I can relate to this last. I feel, despite the postential of the PLE to change education, that discourse is constantly dragged back into more traditional educational modes. Part of this is inescapable, as for the most part it is educators that are interested in PLEs. But at least a part of it is a failue to imagine a wider vision.
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