let’s talk about PLE in TEEM 2021

This 2021, after many time without being together “formally” to talk about Personal Learning Environments, and after almost 5 years without the #PLECONF, some PLE-people (and friends)  have decided to try to reedit that amazing spirit and incredible conversation about PLE that are, at least from our point of view, more relevant than ever before.
For doing this, we have organized a track in the 9th edition of the Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality (TEEM) conference chaired by Nada Dabbagh, Graham Attwell and myself.
This track (Track 11) intends to pick up the spirit of the PLECONF. Therefore we will try to make a different approach in our session that allows us to learn and share. To achieve this, we have asked our authorship teams to record a video with the most critical points of their papers, and THIS is going to be their actual presentations of their papers.
Now, we have most of them and want YOU to review them and have a first approach to the conversation.
The  PLE TRACK session at TEEM Conference will be on October 28th, Thursday, at 17:30 (Central European Time) and will have a duration of 1 hour and a half and we intend it to be an interactive online discussion It means it will not be a traditional presentation session.
Still, we will have collaborative discussions on fundamental aspects that can help us to understand the PLE topic better and advance our understanding of it:
  • what do we know about PLE?
  • what aspects still give us questions about PLE?
  • And what are the future research and development challenges around PLE?

Therefore, THIS is an invitation to take part in TEEM 2021 and on this #PLE session. To watch some of the videos (preferably all of them) and join us in the session… ah! and be prepared to discuss and talk

Supporting Students’ Control and Ownership of Learning in the Multimodal Learning from a PLE Perspective
Urith N. Ramírez Mera and Gemma Tur
Has Covid-19 emergency instruction killed the PLE?
Luis Pedro and Carlos Santos
Deeper Mapping: PLE diagrams, PKM Workflows and Scholarly Ontologies
Mike Cosgrave
Personal Learning Environments as Digital Spaces that are Collaborative, Adaptive, and Autonomous
Nada Dabbagh and Maurine Kwende
The Personalized Learning Interaction Framework: Expert Perspectives on How to Apply Dimensions of Personalized Learning to Workforce Training and Development Programs
Helen Fake and Nada Dabbagh
Personal Learning Environments: looking back and looking forward Graham Attwell

A letter difference, not different; two complementary approaches for learning

Atikah Shemshack and Shanshan Ma

Digital Skills for Building and Using Personal Learning Environments

Maria Perifanou and Anastasios Economides.


We still miss two more videos, as soon as we have them we will upload them here… please, join us!, see you online at the next PLE conversation!  

Why coming to PLE Conference?

Every time we meet for organizing the next PLE Conference, there are some –typical I guess- worries in the air: We are not a “serious conference”, yes we have papers (published in our proceedings), and we published some of them in relevant journals, but we are little, we have not “proper” sessions of presenting, we normally publish every single part of the conference online, so

Why people would like to spent its time and money on coming to the conference?

Because the main idea of the PLE Conference, is being a REAL opportunity for learning together.

The majority of us –academics… ish- are tired of being in big conferences were the only important thing is being on it, having a paper, listening to the keynote and getting the certificate.

I’m one of them, please do not misunderstand me, I love to be on conferences :-), I normally like to be there, to have the opportunity of showing my work, listening to other experiences and listening to great speakers speaking about relevant topics.

Unfortunately, from our experience, there are too many conferences where we cannot discuss, there are too many presentations, speakers are quite inaccessible, the topics some times continue being in the “same place” because of the “mood” and the audience is just this, the audience.

THIS is our challenge every PLE conference, “flipping” the conference (using one of the “meme terms” of our time): you can read the papers by yourself in the proceedings @home, you can read the Speaker’s book (papers, blogs) without coming, BUT you CANNOT be part of the discussion.

The main objective of this conference is having a pulse about the state of the art of research and thinking around Education and technology with the excuse of speaking about PLEs, as well as having good discussions about what are the next boundaries, the last challenges, the abandoned ways, the feeling we have.

All these past years we have tried to do it. We have re-opened the spaces and contexts in the conference in order of having more and better conversations and networking. So, we are –and we want to continue being- definitively not a “normal” conference, if you want to go for a normal one, don’t come to PLE Conference, we are a space for learning and if you come (we would love you will do it), you will be a part –a crucial one- of it.

From the concepts around learning that has been potentialized in the last years, is that learning is something that could happen beyond in our minds, it is something that could be done in communities AND this is one of our challenges here, learning together, speaking, discussing, arguing, laughing, eating and more together, trying to envision what is the real next step.

And for envision it, we really need you, SO, please, come and join us in the discussion, come to the PLE Conference!