How to Create Your Own PLE

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Thinking about creating your own PLE for either a class or for fun? Look no further than these five steps, each complete with questions to consider throughout the process. Happy creating!

Step 1) Think of the reason you want to create a PLE.

Questions to consider:
Do you want your PLE to help you achieve a certain goal (e.g., passing a class, learning a particular set of skills)?
Do you want your PLE to be an accumulation of all the learning in your life?
Will the purpose of your PLE to change based on your life situations?
Will you use your PLE short-term or long-term?

Step 2) Choose an online platform or multiple online platforms that you want to work with.

Questions to consider:
Would you rather use a platform you’re already familiar with or a new platform?
Do you want to manage one site or have multiple connected sites?
Would you prefer your site to be part of a network of larger sites?

Step 3) Decide how social you want your PLE to be.

Questions to consider:
Would you like your PLE to be accessible by others?
Is it important for you to allow and engage with comments on your PLE?
Do you want information from your PLE to come from other people’s PLEs or websites?

Step 4) Decide what kind of content you want to include.

Questions to consider:
Do you want your PLE to include both formal and informal information?
Do you want your PLE to be general or geared toward one specific area of interest?
Do you want your PLE to be comprised of multimedia or one specific type of media?
Would you prefer your PLE to contain a massive amount of general information or a lesser amount of carefully curated information?

Step 5) Start posting!

 

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