That's where I'd see something like Elgg, Plex or Facebook being the starting point.
Pretty quick we have got into a discussion of tools. The technical side of things.
I'll add one more: James Farmer makes a case for WPMU - Wordpress Multiuser as an option. Wordpress is one of the most popular open source blogging tools, but it has incredible flexibility to add pages, and from the dashboard to add items (like feeds, links etc) to the home page)
But: this begs the question. What is a PLE?
Derek is actually writing a short paper as part of his normal day job that may appear here soon. But a little preview.
There are clearly at least two views of PLE's on we we get technical.
- An application. (Please correct my lingo here Derek) Like Elgg, Plex, Facebook, WPMU.
- Or a collection of tools. Just have a home page of some sort (like Netvibes as Derek suggests) where you link to your suite of tools.
Stephen Downes is strong on this view.
Brenda's question From Re: Welcome . . . by harpsouth on Monday, 4 June 2007 5:15:00 a.m.: Is there a place where one might see a sample? does not quite have a simple answer. I had this romantic view of a few field trips to vist during our time together.
So to with Amy's question: From Re: Welcome . . . by ajs on Monday, 4 June 2007 10:14:00 a.m.: Can an LMS (Learning Management System - or a VLE - Virtual Learning Environment) be extended to provide some of the benefits of a PLE as well? :-)