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Call for Papers for the 3rd PLE Conference 2012    
to take place 11th - 13th July 2012
Aveiro (Portugal) and Melbourne (Australia)                      

Submission deadline: 16.03.2012


Following the highly successful events in Barcelona, Spain (#PLE_BCN), and Southampton, UK (#PLE_SOU), the next PLE Conference will be held simultaneously in Aveiro, Portugal and Melbourne, Australia (#PLEConf) from July 11th to 13th 2012.

The Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Conference is intended to produce a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and research around the development and implementation of PLEs – including the design of environments and the sociological and educational issues that they raise. Whilst the conference includes a traditional research paper strand, we also encourage proposals for sessions in different formats including workshops, posters, debates, cafe sessions and demonstrations aiming to sustain the dynamic and interactive discussion environment established by the previous events in Barcelona and Southampton.

A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) includes the tools, communities, and services that constitute individual educational platforms that learners use to direct their own learning and pursue their educational goals. This represents a shift away from the traditional model of learning, and towards a model where students draw connections from a growing matrix of online and offline resources that they select and organise. To gain something of the flavor of the last conferences search for #PLE_BCN and #PLE_SOU and see and

= Conference Themes =

Conference themes include (but are not limited to):

- Theories and frameworks for Personal Learning Environments
- Technologies and software for developing Personal Learning Environments
- PLEs in Practice (case studies, approaches to using PLEs)
- Educational institutions, change and PLEs
- Pedagogical approaches to personal and self-regulated learning
- The development and management of Personal Learning Networks
- Emerging technologies for PLEs
- Supporting informal and contextual learning
- Using PLEs in organizations
- Using PLEs for Work Based Learning

The PLE conference is especially looking for originality and relevancy of ideas and for creative proposals, in both form and content. Formats for publication and communication of research are two different things! Regardless of the publication format you decide to contribute, full paper, workshop etc., the organising committee encourages interactive and creative ways of communicating research.      

Hence, we invite you to submit your contribution in the publication format you prefer (for papers we require formatting according to the Springer LNCS template .

In the submission form you may select your preference regarding the type of presentation you wish to make (e.g.: round table discussion, bring your own laptop, cafe session). Once the review of papers is concluded, presentations will be organised by topics and session chairs will start liaising with participants regarding the organisation of their session. Our goal is to create spaces for meaningful discussions. In short, the purpose is to create opportunities for delegates to interact with each other and achieve real communication. We aim to promote dialogue and interactivity throughout the conference.

In celebration of User Generated Content we will have a Mediacast Contest during the PLE Conference 2012 with awards for the best three mediacast productions on Personal Learning Environments.

A complete set of guidelines is available at

= Important Dates =

16.03.2012   Deadline for workshop proposals
16.03.2012   Deadline for submission of extended abstracts for full and short papers, posters and doctoral consortium panel
23.03.2012   Acceptance notification for workshops
13.04.2012   Author notification of acceptance of extended abstracts for full and short papers, posters and doctoral consortium
13.05.2012   Deadline for final full and short papers
10.06.2012   Author notification for final full and short papers
02.07.2012   Deadline for other contributions (MediaCast, Pecha Kucha, symposia, demonstrations…)
11.07.2012   Pre-Conference Workshops
12 and 13.07.2012   Conference

= Submission =     

Please submit your proposals at
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