Personal Learning Environments (PLE) are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to: Technically, the PLE represents the integration of a number of "Web 2.0" technologies like blogs, Wikis, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, etc.— around the independent learner. Using the term "e-learning 2.0," Stephen Downes describes the PLE as: "... one node in a web of content, connected to other nodes and content creation services used by other students. It becomes, not an institutional or corporate application, but a personal learning center, where content is reused and remixed according to the student's own needs and interests. It becomes, indeed, not a single application, but a collection of interoperating applications—an environment rather than a system". PLE puts the individual learner at the center, connecting him or her to both information and to communities to: "... provide personal spaces, which belong to and...
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