For a few years now, I have been interested in the intersection between technology and my work as a Fellow in Communities for Learning. As I have been engaged online through Twitter and delicious and my blogs, the terms "PLN" and "PLE" kept cropping up. And I have wrestled with them - their meaning, their value and how they are similar to/different from the learning community that I engage with.
I am excited to participate in the Personal Learning Environments Networks and Knowledge course which begins this week (it's not too late - you can join!) The course is part of a giant research project on PLEs and will examine the learning that occurs as a result of interaction and participation in a distributed community. I am fascinated by this - both as a learner as well as someone who has encouraged the engagement of others online without really knowing if there are benefits!
I'll use this post to post questions and try to synthesize my thoughts and learning. I encourage you to join the course but if you can't do that - try to engage here. I'll tag all posts that relate to the course with PLENK2010 so you will know when the blog posts are on that versus the other fun things Jenn and I discuss.
I hope to see you somewhere along this learning journey!