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PLE’s and Government Learning

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The more I particpate in the Personal Learning Environment, Networks and Knowledge, PLENK2010, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), the more I see an opportunity for governments to enable more effective employee learning. Governments, at any level, can tend to be somewhat soloed with little collaboration and sharing. If governments were to employ MOOC’s ala PLENK2010, I believe we would become that much more effective.

There is a great deal of implicit knowledge and expertise across government. Using a MOOC to create, or expand a PLE for government employees, would allow us to better leverage that knowledge existing in the heads of employees. Org charts and job descriptions, just don’t cut it. A PLE may have an impact on the way civil servants think about collaboration, in a postive way. I think of it as deep networking. Networking is great, but when we start to work together on a problem as in a PLE, a deeper and more solid network and understanding can be created. More understanding between departments could be fostered, allowing for increased sharing and cooperation.

Already, in my short time participating in PLENK2010, I have engaged with several very smart people who have caused me to expand my thinking on learning and social networks. I would like to develop a topic for MOOC for government. Social media may be a decent topic to begin. Your thoughts?

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November 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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PLE/N’s and Peer Review

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I just watched an introductory video for the web service Symbaloo (which I discovered from Ian Woods post in #PLENK2010, inserted into Susan O’Grady’s post), presented by a 7th graded on her use of Symbaloo as a Personal Learning Environment (PLE). As part of her video presentation, on her use of Symbaloo, she mentioned that her teacher told her that good science was peer reviewed and so she sent her work (report) off to an expert to check her facts. Actually she didn’t get a response first try and so sent her work to another for review. Wow, what a wonderful lesson to teach a 7th grader! I hope this lesson also teaches her to be critical of what she reads on the internet (and/or printed media / television).

So it struck me immediately that PLE/N’s are an excellent tool to keep us honest and more accurate in our work and interpretation of knowledge. I am thinking of #PLENK2010 for example, as a network of peers (a favorable statement on my part) that I can leverage to check my facts and understanding on topics that I stray into that I may have less knowledge about than others. Not that this is necessarily the intent of my experience with #PLENK2010, but rather it is a natural outcome of the experience of discovery and debate (ala Socratic Method). So here we have a process resulting from a PLE that mimics in some ways, a personal peer review network.

I’m interested to hear what other think of this view of PLE’s

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November 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm

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Personal Learning Environments

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This week I have refocused some attention on PLENK2010 – a course about Personal Learning Environments (PLE). Now I am just starting this 10 week course in its eighth week, so forgive me as I stumble through with my comments, not having read the previous weeks content yet. The full course title is Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge. I intend to write about it here and attempt to share my understanding of the course and its content.

What is a Persoanl Learning Environment, you might ask? As I understand it (and please fellow PLENK2010 people, comment on my ignoirance here), a PLE is taking new technology and new ways of accessing and sharing information and creating networks of people relevant to your personal and professional interests and learning goals and consuming that information and knowledge and giving back to the community (if you want). The PLE is created by the learner based in their preferences, networks and access to technology in order to support their lifetime learning goals.

I also see the PLE, particularly as I see it through PLENK2010, as a guided approach to learning, with unlimited opportunities to customize the learning experience to the learners particularly interes and needs.

Because PLE’s also connect people of varying expertise and depth of knowedgel, we all have an opportunity to develop life long collaborative realtionships. I am very interested to see how this approach to learning can impact government and help government employees develop new knowledge and wisdom from that knowedge.

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