2nd Newsletter


THE PLE CONFERENCE Newsletter – 2nd Edition
No. 2, May 2010

This newsletter provides you with the latest updates on THE PLE CONFERENCE event


Cornellà // Barcelona //July 8-9 2010

Hashtag for Twitter and Weblogs: #PLE_BCN

1st Newsletter (April 2010)

1. The PLE Conference Programme
2. Dates & Figures: submissions and registration
3. Coming up: The PLE Mediacast Contest!
4. Pre-Conference Networking: Twitter, YouTube, Crowdvine, Diigo & Co
5. The Conference Venue – pictures & links
6. Publications about Personal Learning Environments
7. Writing about the PLE Conference
8. Register now!
1. The PLE Conference Programme
We have already put together the first draft of the PLE Conference Programme. Due to a great number of submissions, different topics and various formats this has not been what you may consider a quick & easy task! Therefore we are very proud to have found a good way to structure the two conference days and cater for different needs and interests!

We are pleased to announce that the European ROLE project will be holding a pre-conference workshop at PLE2010. ROLE – Responsive Open Learning Environments – addresses theoretical models and associated technologies that allow learners to tailor learning environments according to their needs. The results of this research will contribute to improving adaptive and responsive learning environments for the individual learner in different contexts.

As part of this work the ROLE project is investigating and evaluating the use of Personal Learning Environments.

The ROLE workshop will take place on Wednesday 7 July from 14:00 – 19.30 and is free for all conference participants. Further details may be found here.

There will also be an informal opening event on Wednesday, July 7th, including networking with tapas & wine! Both main conference days, i.e. Thursday and Friday July 8th – 9th, will start with keynotes and will be followed up by a number of parallel sessions and workshops. Last conference day will end with the closing plenary. For those who look forward to some more post-conference networking and enjoying the beautiful Barcelona there will be walking tours offered on Saturday, July 10th.

The organising committee asked each of the keynote speakers, i.e. Graham Attwell, Alec Couros, Ismael Peña Lopez Garcia and Jordi Adell, to make a short video or slidecast about their keynote presentation. You can view the first contribution by Graham Attwell here

Link to the 1st draft of the programme
2. Dates & Figures: submissions and registration
Thank you for your numerous submissions! We have created a geo-map with Mapalist to visualise where all the submissions to the PLE Conference are coming from. Here is the link to the MapDue to a number of requests, we have extended the deadline for submission of full papers until June 11th. This is the final deadline as we need to produce a complete version of the programm as soon as possible. Therefore we appreciate your timely cooperation! Presenters remember to register before June 4th, otherwise we won’t be able to include you in the programme!

Also thank you for your submissions for the Pecha Kucha Session! We are now looking forward to your media submissions for the PLE Mediacast Contest (see below)!

Important dates:

Presenters’ registration: June 4th
Full papers: June 11th
Mediacast Contest submissions: June 10th
Mediacast Contest voting starts: June 11th
Mediacast Contest voting closes: July 2nd
3. Coming up: The PLE Mediacast Contest!
The PLE Mediacast Contest is open to all registered participants. The idea is to create your own mediacast, such as videocasts (video productions) or screencasts (mixed media productions, e.g. presentation slides plus audio recordings) of three minutes or less where you share your ideas on Personal Learning Environments in a multimedia format.The best three mediacast productions will be awarded and announced directly at the PLE Conference Closing session, on Friday!

Learn more about the Mediacast Contest and how to participate in our
PLE Mediacast Contest

Remember that the deadline for submissions is June10th!!!

So grab some equipment and start producing your PLE mediacast today!

Link to the SlideShare Presentation
Link to the Call for Contributions
Link to the YouTube Group
4. Pre-Conference Networking: Twitter, Twemes, YouTube, Crowdvine, Diigo & Co
Don’t miss the opportunity to network with conference attendees and non-atttendees around the PLE topic!We encourage exchange and networking in a number of different Web 2.0 channels. In Twitter, you can follow and write Tweets around the PLE Conference using the hashtag #PLE_BCN. You can join the Social Site of the PLE Conference Crowdvine. You can join the YouTube Group for the PLE conference. The YouTube group will also be used for the Mediacast Contest: a celebration of User Generated Content with awards for the best three mediacast productions on Personal Learning Environments. You can also find and share all links around the PLE Conference in our Diigo group.

In this way you can keep up with the latest news and grow your PLE network!. You are welcome to join, share and engage!

Here is the current list of PLE_BCN social networking channels:

5. The Conference Venue: Pictures & Links
The PLE Conference venue is located in Cornellà, a city close to Barcelona.

Barcelona is a beautiful city located on the Mediterranean coast. It is recognised as a global city and is one of the major European centers. Barcelona is a bilingual city: Catalan and Spanish are both official languages.

Barcelona offers a great number of sights and museums, so you may want to plan to stay here longer than the PLE Conference. The harbor promenade, “Rambla” the city’s liveliest street, the Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s Cathedral, the Sagrada Familia and the museums dedicated to Picasso and Miro are some of top attractions. You can enjoy a splendid view of the entire city from the slopes of Montjuïc. Barcelona hosts a number of trendy bars, clubs, restaurants and cinemas, so plan for some night life. And to quicken your appetite for Barcelona you can see some of its pictures (links below). See you soon in beautiful Barcelona!

Link to Barcelona City pictures: http://www.flickr.com/groups/ciutat_de_barcelona/
Link to Barcelona architecture pictures: http://www.flickr.com/groups/barcelona_architecture/
Link to Barcelona Street Art: http://www.flickr.com/groups/barcelonastreetart/
Link to more information on transportation in Barcelona: http://www.tmb.net/en_US/home.jsp
Link to the accommodation section of the PLE 2010 website: http://pleconference.citilab.eu/?page_id=156
More on Barcelona at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona
6. Publications about Personal Learning Environments
We would like to share some interesting publications on PLEs with you and encourage you to share your links with us in our bookmarking Diigo Group. So if you know there is a new publication or presentation on PLE that you like, share it with us!In this newsletter we want to present the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), which provides comprehensive coverage of developments in learning technologies for educators, technologists and trainers. The journal publishes high quality contributions on a range of fields associated with Personalized Learning Environments (PLE), Course Management Systems (CMS), Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), Social Networking Sites (SNS), and 3D virtual worlds, including for example Second Life (SL).

Articles published in the journal cover education and training, concentrating on the theory, application, and development of learning technologies. You can view a free sample copy here.

Link to “Personal Learning Environments: Challenging the dominant design of educational system” by S. Wilson et al.

Link to “From Personal Learning Environment Building to Professional Learning Network Forming” by M. Ivanowa

Link to the “International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)

7. Writing about the PLE Conference
We encourage everyone to spread the word and write about the PLE Conference on the Web! When writing a blogpost, a Tweet, uploading photos to Flickr and videos to YouTube, saving your bookmarks or publishing any other information about the PLE Conference, please use the tag #PLE_BCN, so that your information can be easily retrieved by others.Also if you have blogged about the PLE Conference you can link your blog to our bookmarking Diigo Group!
The official tag for the PLE Conference is #PLE_BCN
8. Register Now!
The conference fee includes participation in the conference, coffee, lunches, and the opening event with wine & tapas!Presenters remember to register by June 4th!
Further information on registration & fees: http://pleconference.citilab.eu/?page_id=12

Link to important dates: http://pleconference.citilab.eu/?page_id=5


THE PLE CONFERENCE Newsletter is compiled by the PLE Organizing Commitee.
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