Track 11. Personal Learning Environments


If something has exceptionally changed in education, it is the ecologies in which people learn that are now full of emerging resources and technologies that scatter learning experiences across institutional and personal contexts. Personal Learning Environments (PLE), embody the ecologies in which people learn, how the elements of those ecologies interact to transform the learning activity, what this means for the practice of teaching and learning, and how people take advantage of the possibilities to learn they already have.

The PLE disrupting educational character in connecting formal, non-formal and informal learning experiences has been one of the most promising aspects of this topic. By integrating those experiences, PLEs potentially would make lifelong learning or continuous learning an achievable goal. More specifically, PLEs enable everyday citizens to leverage technology to build and pursue meaningful, adaptive, and flexible education pathways to accommodate their learning, work, and life goals and become successful agents and curators of their own learning over their lifetime.

But this track does not expect to explore PLE as a new topic, on the contrary, this aims to take a look at the role PLE are playing nowadays (after more than 10 years from the first PLE Conference edition), especially in the current challenging circumstances, and explore emergent practices for living, learning and working in relation to PLEs and the new understandings and underlying needs that arise around these practices in our contemporary society. Participants are invited to submit their ideas, research and/or practice under the topics listed below.


• PLE Theories and Frameworks
• PLE and Networked Learning
• AI and the use of data for PLE
• PLE and Emerging Pedagogies
• PLEs in Formal, Informal, and Lifelong Learning Contexts
• PLE, New Literacies, Identity, Ownership and Agency
• PLE and Open Education
• Future Challenges for Thinking About PLE

Track Instructions and Program (Thursday 28th, VIRTUAL, 17.30-19.00, local time CET, Support place B: Class 3.4, floor 3)

This track intends to pick up the spirit of the PLECONF. Therefore we will try to make a different approach in our session that allows us to learn and share. To achieve this, we ask you to record a video (maximum 5 minutes) in which you comment on the most critical points of your paper. Please record it, upload it to YouTube (or the platform you prefer) and send us the URL BEFORE October 10th.
The video format is free, and we encourage you to explore the multimedia and audio-visual possibilities that best suit you. This video will be your opportunity to present your paper.
On October 15th, we will make the list of videos available on the web, so everybody interested can review them and have a first approach to our conversation.
Our TRACK session at TEEM Conference will be on October 28th, Thursday, at 17:30 (CET) and will have a duration of 1 hour and a half (here you can check which CET time corresponds to your place in the world), and we intend it to be an interactive online discussion It means it will not be a traditional presentation session.
Still, we will have collaborative discussions on fundamental aspects that can help us to understand the PLE topic better and advance our understanding of it:
  • what do we know about PLE?
  • what aspects still give us questions about PLE?
  • And what are the future research and development challenges around PLE?

In other words, come to our session prepared to discuss and talk.

Order of the presentations:

Special Issue and future events

Selected suthors from the papers summited will be invited to take part in an Special Issue of the Revista de Educación a Distancia, that is a non APC Open Acces, SJR Q2 Journal.
In addition to the usual paper sessions, we are planning a number of collaborative events at the conference and alternative ways to participate, to refresh the PLE conversation with the PLECONF horizontal spirit of reflection and networking. So, if you are interested to be updated, please fill the contact survey

Track Scientific Committee

Nada Dabbagh (George Mason University, USA) – Chair
Graham Attwell (Pontydysgu, UK) – Chair
Linda Castañeda (Universidad de Murcia, Spain) – Chair
Ricardo Torres-Kompen (Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain)
Gemma Tur (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain)
Carlos Santos (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
Patricia Bassani (Universidade Feevale, Brazil)
Koen Depryck (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Victoria Marin (Universitat de Lleida, Spain)
Luis Pedro (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
Alexander Mikroyanidis (Open University, UK)
Leo Havermann (Open Education Working Group, University College London, UK)
Annette Pedersen (University of Copenhaguen -DE)
Ilona Buchem (Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin)
Kamakshi Rajagopal (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Maria Perifanou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Arunangsu Chatterjee (University of Plymouth, UK)