How Social Is My Personal Learning Environment (PLE)?, Part 1

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Barbara Kieslinger, Centre for Social Innovation – Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Austria ; Denis Gillet, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, Jun 30, 2008 in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5


Social Software applications have contributed to the establishing of personal learning environments. People have started to use a number of tools and services for managing their personal social networks, to communicate and to interact. In a technology enhanced learning environment the move from large centralistic systems to personal technological landscapes allows a more individual approach to learning management. In communities of practice, the evolution from simple Web applications to a large offer of shared services that can be integrated in own member’s environments is seen simultaneously as an opportunity for enhanced interaction and a risk for adoption. At the same time we as educators, researchers and learners have become aware of the importance of the interplay between support technologies and social networks for the learning process. The aim of this symposium is to report and discuss on the learning impacts of personalization on the adoption of social software and the consolidation of the sense of community belonging.


Kieslinger, B. & Gillet, D. (2008). How Social Is My Personal Learning Environment (PLE)?, Part 1. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (pp. 4984-4989). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 21, 2017 from