PLE means Personal Learning Environment. I’ve come across this before but don’t recall ever having set one up deliberately. If you’re used to a Learning Management System like Blackboard, Canvas or Moodle, your first foray out into the big world might be a little daunting. So far, the bits are:
- This WP Blog
- The OERu Course Feed for LiDA103
- The OERu Forums for LiDA103
- Mastadon Micro Blogging Platform #LiDA103
- OERu Bookmarks LiDA
- Hypothes.is web annotation #LiDA103
I set my own WP blog up on Reclaimhosting.com. This was dead simple, a matter of one click in the cPanel app. I’ve had this lying around for a couple of weeks and hadn’t done anything with it. I didn’t want to use wordpress.com because they dump junk into your blog, monetize it or try to sell you stuff. Same with Blogger.
Mastodon was familiar though I hadn’t used it before. Very simple to set up as well. I like it and the interface is rather like TweetDeck.
I’ve been using Hypothes.is for a long time and really like it. I’m still not sure what the best way to use it is though. Up to now, Ive used it as a kind of bookmarking app on steroids and did use it in teaching briefly last year.
The forums are, well, forums. We’ve all used this type of tool before, I’m sure. The OERu Bookmark tool is interesting, though seems not to be much used for LiDA103.
I’ve bookmarked all this stuff in Chrome for easy access, and cataloged it here now too. I could set up a side bar here, to turn a page of this blog into a hub for the PLE. My main problem is keeping all these tools in one place, and remembering what’s where and how to use it.
I’m finding the Course Feed page difficult to use. I’m never quite sure what will happen when I click on an entry. It’s nice to have it as it aggregates all activity in one “time line”. I’ll have to start collecting participants’ blogs here too, the ones that I’m following anyway – that’s another layer.
So far, no big problems, though discussions here and there might be hard to track eventually.