Personal Learning Environments Network And Knowledge

This year Dave Cormier, George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Rita Kop are conducting a massive online course on Personal Learning Environments Networks and Knowledge. I think this is fantastic. This is extremely relevant to the research I am doing through this DIY masters.

This course is a connectivist course which means even though it has a high level structure, the learners evolve the course to some extent. The course will be done entirely online. The course philosophy is to get learners to aggregate, remix, repurpose, and feed forward. These concepts are explained in detail here.

The course will run for 10 weeks, but that does not mean the participants sign out after that. Learners are welcome to continue through PLENK2011 if they so desire. The high level plan of the course is described below:

  • Week 1. A tour of PLEs and PLNS – diagrams, discussions, examples – September 12, 2010
  • Week 2: Contrasting personal learning with institutional learning – September 19
  • Week 3: Understanding the neXT/eXtended Web – September 26
  • Week 4: PLE/PLN and learning theories – October 03
  • Week 5: Evaluating Learning in PLE/Ns – October 10
  • Week 6: Using PLEs successfully – skills, mindsets, and critical literacies – October 17
  • Week 7: PLE/Ns Tools – WHat Exists, What is Being Built? – October 24
  • Week 8: PLE/Ns and personal knowledge management – October 31
  • Week 9: PLE/Ns in the classroom (PLE/Ns and blended learning) – November 7
  • Week 10: Critical perspectives on PLE/PLN – November 14, 2010

I am a bit late in joining on this course, but that's fine, I will try and make up by putting in more effort.