Scott Wilson’s depiction of the relationship between between institution and the students personal learning space is worth visiting.
Although oriented more for the ‘mature’ or HE learner, it offers some good considerations:
1. Builds on existing Enterprise Institutional layer- consisting of repositories, student identity management systems, etc
2. At the heart is the glue (course coordination space- exposing communication profiles)
3. The students personal Web 2 applications, with feeds provided via RSS/widgets etc
What I especially like is the build upon existing (and still necessary) student management, identification and resource systems- potentially offers safe backbone. The emphasis on peer/group collaborations is the main pedagogical foundation, with data flows between their tool sets and the administrative, coordinaton functions.
Lines blur in relation to ePortfolios and the PLE (not sure if this matters). Identity management is fuzzy- using some sort of open ID ? (communication profile association?). Also care needs to be taken ensuring the students can control where the Institution data interfaces with their own.
Lets hope the notion of a PLE doesn’t become ‘institutionalised.