Creating your Personal Learning Environment



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A workshop presented by Sean FitzGerald for the August 3rd LearnScope Workshop.

Australian Technology Park, Redfern, on August 3rd 2006, 10.00 – 3.30pm

Introduction



Have you ever looked at some blogs and wondered how they've added all that extra content such as link lists, blog rolls, flickr badges, del.icio.us link feeds & tag clouds, frappr maps and RSS feeds in the template?

In this session you will learn how to aggregate content from other web-based services and display it on your blog to create your Personal Learning Environment (PLE). You will first learn the basics of HTML (it's easy, really!) so you can tweak a blog template.

Wikispaces has recently added the capacity to embed media into their pages, so we will also take a look at how you can add content from other web-based services to a wiki, and turn that into your Personal Learning Environment.

Outcomes



In this session you will learn how to:
  • Write and edit basic HTML documents
  • Make changes and add content to a blog template
  • Locate your blog's web feed and display it on your blog
  • Add link lists, blog rolls, flickr badges, del.icio.us link lists & tag clouds and content from other services to your blog template
  • Add HTML content - such as YouTube videos - to your blog posts
  • Create a FeedDigest account and display RSS feeds on your blog
  • Add rich media and HTML to Wikispaces

What is a Personal Learning Environment?



A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is a collection of free, distributed, web-based tools, usually centred around a blog, linked together and aggregating content using RSS feeds and simple HTML scripts.

Examples:


Blogger/Blogspot

Other Blogging Software

Introduction to HTML



Working with the Blogger template



Adding basic HTML content to a blog template


Adding content from other web services


Displaying RSS feeds on your blog



Displaying RSS Feeds with:

Adding HTML content to blog posts




Start pages as Personal Learning Environments




Examples:


Wikis as Personal Learning Environments




Advanced



  • Blog templates
  • FeedBurner & podcast feeds

Licensing Information



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