In April 2007, I started to explore personal learning environments (PLEs) and how people are using a combination of on and off-line tools to turbo-charge their own learning.
My first post on the topic continues to be the most popular post on this blog. In it, I shared a mindmap of my PLE that I'd created, along with an analysis of how I used the various tools. Since then, I've written a number of other posts exploring various facets of personal learning and how to implement PLEs on both an individual and an organizational level.
Descriptions of My Personal Learning Environment
In these posts, I share mindmaps and descriptions of different iterations of my own personal learning environment.
- My Personal Learning Environment--the post that began it all.
Supporting Personal Learning in an Organization
Many people want to know how to support the development of personal learning environments in their own organizations. In these two posts I share my thoughts on this.
PLE Issues and Ideas
- The Psychology and Skills of Personal Learning Environments--The more I delved into PLEs, the more I realized that creating and using a personal learning environment approach requires certain skills and mindsets. Here I explore some of these and link to a great Stephen Downes presentation that got me thinking about this topic.
- PLEs and Personality Styles--A reader emailed me to ask if there was any link between using personal learning environments and their DISC profiles. Although I'm familiar with the DISC, I've not had a lot of experience with it, so in this post I examine how I think different Myers-Briggs Type Personalities might relate to and use PLEs.
- Who's in Charge of Learning? --In this post, I make a plea for others to see personal learning as critical to their development and encourage readers to create their own PLEs.
- Some Questions and Thoughts on E-Portfolios--An online portfolio can be a valuable tool for documenting learning, so in this post I discuss some issues related to creating a portfolio.
- Personal Learning Experiments as Professional Development--a big part of the PLE experience is constructing personal learning experiments for yourself.
- 10 Tips for Creating a Personal Learning Plan--A learning plan is a way to be more purposeful in your PLE experience.
- On Being a Reflective Practitioner--the role that reflective practice plays in personal learning.
- Becoming a More Reflective Individual Practitioner--individual strategies for reflective practice.
- Creating an Organizational Culture of Reflective Practice--how organizations can support reflection.
- 10 Questions for Your Reflective Practice--adapted from a Meredith Levinson post.
- Professional Development Practice--the One Sentence Journal--for busy people.
- On Asking Important Questions--this is at the heart of personal learning, I think.
- Blogging for Learning--a series of posts on different activities that could be done to support learning through a blog.
- Blogging for Learning Wiki--examples of different blogging strategies that could be adapted for learning.
- Borrowing from the Library to Support Workplace Learning--The Information Portal section of this post is particularly appropriate for PLEs.
My PLE Tools in More Detail
- Making the Most of Netvibes--Netvibes is central to my personal learning environment. In this post I share some ideas on how to use it for a variety of purposes, including supporting personal learning.
Wikis as Personal Space--Although wikis are primarily seen as a group collaboration tool, I've found them to be really useful for brainstorming and for managing some of my own projects. I use this post to discuss how I use wikis in a solo environment.
- My Top 10 Tools--E-learning expert Jane Hart asked me to share my top 10 favorite web tools, which I do in this post.
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