After checking some final organizational issues in a nearby (and very inspiring, maybe due to Mythos) tavern with Stephan and Martin on Sunday, the “Joint International Workshop on Professional Learning, Competence Development and Knowledge Management” took place on Monday (more information as well as the workshop proceedings can be found here).

We had 7 paper presentations (unfortunately, one paper couldn’t be presented due to a broken leg) and about 20 participants, and what is the most important thing: We had a lot of very inspiring discussions!

Workshop Discussion
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For me, the most interesting topics and questions discussed in the workshop were the following:

  • Which role will PLEs (as presented by Scott Wilson, see also the award-winning short paper “Developing a Reference Model to Describe the Personal Learning Environment”) play in the future? Will PLEs “just” be a new world completing traditional LMS (or VMS)? Or will they break this “dominant design” and substitute them someday?
  • How can users be motivated to CONTRIBUTE in a system?
  • Which information from and/or about users/learners can and should (let’s not forget privacy issues!) be used for personalization? How will this information be used?

There will be some more posts in the future about these issues.

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