Newsletter (June 2011)

THE PLE CONFERENCE Newsletter – 6th Edition
No. 6, June 2011

This newsletter provides you with the latest updates on THE PLE CONFERENCE

The PLE Conference 2011 in Southampton, UK, 11th – 13th July Hashtag #PLE_SOU
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1 Link to draft event programme
2 How to register for the conference
3 Where to stay in Southampton
4 Pre-conference workshop
5 Social programme
6 Invitation to publish your links to related PLE activities on our website
7 Still time to submit pecha kucha, poster or demo
1 Draft event programme
The draft programme for the conference is now online here
Could you please check that the time and session for your contribution is possible for you, and let us know about any difficulties.
2 How to register for the conference
Registration is now open at Early Bird rates now apply until 18th June.
3 Where to stay in Southampton
There are a limited number of places in university accommodation available in the Glen Eyre complex (10 minutes walk from the university). This can be booked through the conference registration process.
Alternatively, here is a list of private accommodation in the area: 

Highfield House Hotel, Highfield Lane, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1AQ 0.7 miles
Hilton Southampton, (Adjacent M3 Jct 14) Bracken Place, Chilworth, Southampton, SO16 3RB 2 miles
Elizabeth House Hotel, 43 – 44 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XP 2 miles
Travelodge, Southampton, 144 Lodge Road, Southampton, SO14 6QR 2 miles
Premier Inn, Mitchell Way, Southampton International Airport, Southampton, SO18 2XU 2.5 miles
Southampton Park, Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2WY 2.5 miles
Jurys Inn, Charlotte Place, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0TB 2.5 miles
Premier Inn, New Road, Southampton, SO14 0AB 2.5 miles
4 Pre-conference workshop.
As at last years conference in Barcelona, the EU Reseach Programme funded ROLE project will be holding a pre-conference workshop at PLE2011 in Southampton. The workshop is on the theme of ’Challenges of Designing and Evaluating Usability and User Experience for PLEs (U2X-4-PLE)’ at the PLE2011 conference. The organisers aim to bring out controversial methodological as well as conceptual issues in relation to design and evaluation of PLE user interfaces, thereby stimulating discussions that will advance this exciting research area. According to the ROLE project website, where there is more information on the workshop: “This one-day workshop will consist of short presentations of each accepted paper to set the stage. Ample time will be allocated for group discussion and activities.” The workshop will be from 1400 – 1800 on Monday 11 July and is free to all conference delegates.
5. Conference Social Programme
We are organising a full social programme for the PLE2011 Conference. On the evening of Tuesday 12 July there will be a conference dinner followed by the RadioActive live DJ set with DJ Andrew Ravenscroft. The social evening is free for all conference delegates.
6. Invitation to publish your links to related PLE activities on our website
Please let us know if you would like us to publicise your PLE event, project news or other links that would be of interest to the PLE community as a whole.
7 Pecha kucha and demos
If you need to be a presenter in order to attend a conference, there is still time (just) to submit a pecha kucha poster or demo proposal. Details under the call for contributions pages.
PLE_SOU: The PLE Conference Southampton 2011
Following the highly successful inaugural event in Barcelona (#PLE_BCN), the next PLE Conference will be held at the University of Southampton (#PLE_SOU) from July 11th – 13th 2011. The PLE Conference 2011 is intended to produce a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experience 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. We aim to sustain the dynamic and interactive discussion environment established by the opening event in Barcelona in 2010.
E-Mail: info [at] pleconf [dot] com
E-Mail re Programme: pcchair [at] pleconf [dot] com
Hashtag: #PLE_SOU
Find out more about Southampton
Find out more about University of Southampton
8. The PLE Conference social network – keep in touch & share!
We will keep on using the Crowdvine site from PLE_BCN ( where everyone interested in the conference can congregate. Do join it, if you haven’t already. It is a great opportunity to learn what other people are doing and identify researchers and practitioners who you might want to meet personally at PLE_SOU. Join now!
We encourage everyone to spread the word and write about the PLE Conference on the Web! When writing a blogpost, a Tweet, uploading photos to Flickr and videos to YouTube, saving your bookmarks or publishing any other information about the PLE Conference, please use the tag #PLE_SOU for the coming PLE conference in Southampton in 2011.
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Till soon!
Your PLE Organising Committee.
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