Covid-19 has given me a little time to reflect on my past 10 or 15 years. A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is for me, first of all a purpose, and then a place where I engage in activity with others. Only then do I look for tools to effect my participation in that activity with those other people. Whatever it is, it is not one thing.
A healthy personal learning environment and personal learning network is (or strives to be) a social learning network.PLE 2010
One large multi-modal conference I participated in was the Personal Learning Environments (PLE) Conference (2010). In Barcelona and everywhere. (Graham Attwell’s account is still here). Graham’s “unkeynote”, partly crowd-sourced, asked us to imagine our own PLE. I went critical theoretical and wrote this, below. My aim in a few subsequent posts is to expand and explain. I said, my PLE is:
A progressive, emancipatory, democratic re-centering on the human other-space between community and identity where cultural capital accounts are balanced and the personal-political imaginary is restructured by a universal-Turing-machine symbolic, generating and regenerating tools and knowledge with which to build – in struggle if necessary – an unenclosed global commons of culture, nature, and our geno-mimetic heritage;
A hyper-distributed mesh of universal, co-created, open community information and applications, on extremely local (even personal) infrastructure;
GPL-type, open-source, creative commons (attribution, share-alike) licensed; Powered by renewable, sustainable energy sources.
Return surplus value (material and symbolic) to the common-wealth;
Enable the free movement of economic, social and cultural capital, the free movement of cultural and economic goods, and the free movement of people;
Facilitate cultural mediation, creativity, learning and play;
Preserve, respect and protect human (and bio) diversity; Resist oppression, exploitation and hegemony.