Info lit as professional learning, part 2

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Last week I wrote about professional information needs.  I wrote of organizational learning needs and of individual learning needs.  Do our personal learning environments meet our needs?

Though definitions vary, we can think of a personal learning environment (PLE) as a “set of tools, information sources, connections and activities-experiences-that every person uses to learn assiduously” (Adell & Castañeda, as cited in Castañeda & Soto, 2010, p. 10).   Elsewhere Alisa Howlett (2011) offers tips on how to make sure your PLE meets your needs.  With the intersession approaching I plan to take a closer look at mine.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Employee Learning Week.   Then again, every week is a great week for learning.


Castañeda, L., & Soto, J. (2010).  Building personal learning environments by using and mixing ICT tools in a professional way.  Digital Education Review, 18, 9-25.  Retrieved from

Howlett, A. (2011, June 19). Audit your personal learning environment [Web log post].  Retrieved from