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PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Learning 2012




In recent years, there has been a new array of learning management systems (LMS). Tools such as blogs, wikis, screencasting, and social bookmarking have created a significant shift in the educational experience. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) enable learners to have greater control over their own learning experience. This session will take a look at the current situation by clarifying the concepts of personal learning environments and networks (PLNs). Participants will create their own PLE or PLN and select which Web 2.0 tools they want to support it, as the 5-week session evolves.  We will use a wiki and a Yahoo Group (YG) for sharing information and facilitating interactions.


Target Audience

Teachers, educators, and individuals seeking an innovative approach to new learning dimensions


Interest Section Sponsors






Weekly Outline


By the end of this session, participants will have:


  • Become acquainted with a variety of digital venues by interacting with the group
  • Shared information and knowledge in a community of learners/participants
  • Enhanced their digital literacy skills by reflecting on new ways of applying them
  • Seen examples of self-created and professional PLEs and PLNs
  • Participated in scheduled chats discussing content and pre-defined topics with the group
  • Had a hands-on experience on how to create PLEs and PLNs


Week 1  (Jan 9 - 15, 2012)


During the first week of the course, participants will


  • introduce themselves to the group and get acquainted with its wiki and Yahoo Group
  • take a survey of their personal tech capabilities, experience and needs.


Week 2  (Jan 16 - 22, 2012)


During this week, participants will


  • be introduced to tools used in the session and examine their practical use and for educational purposes.
  • analyze and evaluate PLE Frameworks and select a format for their own PLE/PLN project.


Week 3    (Jan 23 - Jan 29, 2012)


During this week, participants will


  • explore tools that support and supplant theories and models.
  • visit examples of professional PLN venues/platforms


Week 4     (Jan 30- Feb 05, 2012)


During this week, participants will


  • post their PLE/PLN to the participants' project chart.
  • visit and tour each other’s PLE/PLNs and provide feedback either directly on the site or in our YG.
  • take a survey on their favorite tools and purposes.


Week 5     (Feb 06 -12, 2012)


During this week participants will:

  • present their work.
  • share the results of the survey on favorite tools with the group so everyone can benefit from a reference list created by the entire class
  • evaluate the session in a final survey.




Join this session


Sign up for the session starts on Jan 2nd, 2012 .


The action starts on Jan 9, 2012.



To join this group:


From January 2 to 8:



This session will take place at the WebTeacherTools Moodle.


         Go to:   http://webteachertools.com/wtt/course/view.php?id=872#section-0


For full access to the course you'll need to create a new account for yourself at this Moodle site.  Here are the steps:


  1. Fill out the New Account form with your details, using the email where you want to receive all session communications. Be sure to write down your username and password for future reference.
  2. An email will be immediately sent to your email address.
  3. Read your email, and click on the web link it contains.
  4. Your account will be confirmed and you will be logged in.
  5. Now, select the course you want to participate in (PLEs and PNEs for Lifelong Learning). Use the Search box.
  6. Use the following "enrolment key": PLE. This will enroll you in the course.
  7. You can now access the full course. From now on you will only need to enter your personal username and password (in the form on this page) to log in and access any course you have enrolled in.
  8. Expand your profile and add a picture so other participants can see you.
  9.  Enjoy the course.




When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator in order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers)  






Susan Burg

My name is Susan Burg and I live in Florence, Italy where I teach English both f2f and online for a variety of institutes.  I am presently working for the Region of Tuscany preparing students for internships abroad through EuroSocial Network.  I have a Masters in e-learning from the Università degli Studi di Firenze where I have also have taught virtual English courses for Formatore Multimediale.  I have written papers on e-learning and webquestsand have actively participated in Tesol Italy and the Società italiana di e-learning as speaker and participant.  I have been happily involved with the webheads since 2004 as participant and co-moderator and this year I will be working on the session PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Learning for the second time.



Letizia Cinganotto

I'm Letizia Cinganotto. I've been a Tesol Italy Executive Committee member for five years. I have been teaching English in a Secondary School and working as a supervisor of the teacher training. I'm a contract professor at University. I'm very fond of digital teaching and learning, in fact I have three masters in E-learning and a master in English Language Teaching as well. I cooperate with A.N.S.A.S (ex Indire) and with some Italian universities, dealing with the planning and implementing of learning objects, e-learning courses and masters of English. I have published articles and presented papers at some national and international conferences.




Daniela Cuccurullo

My name is Daniela Cuccurullo, from Naples, Italy. I have been Tesol Italy Executive Committee member for ten years and coordinator of TESOL Italy local group of Naples. I work as contract Professor of English language at the University of Naples “Federico II” and at “Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa”as well as being Secondary School teacher of English, teacher trainer, e-tutor, forum moderator and author of contributions and learning objects for A.N.S.A.S.. I like using both traditional face-to-face methods and e-learning paths in blended training.



Communications Media Used

This wiki is for our syllabus, weekly tasks, and for posting our final projects: http://personallearningnetworksession.pbworks.com/w/page/33391448/FrontPage


Production tools
Google Docs
Social Bookmarking



Yahoo Groups 



The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section



TESOL, an international education association







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