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The Personal Learning Environments (PLE) Conference 2014
Beyond formal: emergent practices for living, learning and working


PLE 2014 – the 5th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments – will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, from July 16th to 18th.

The PLE Conference intends to create an engaging, conversational, and innovative meeting space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences, and research around PLE related themes.

The conference invites contributions in the format of “academic papers” or “alternative session proposals”. However, authors of both types of contributions will be asked to communicate their research and ideas within session formats that look to avoid the traditional 15 min presentation.

Conference theme

Beyond formal: emergent practices for living, learning and working

The 5th Edition of the PLE conference aims to move beyond discussions about definitions to explore emergent practices for living, learning and working in relation to PLEs and the new understandings and underlying needs that arise around these practices in our contemporary society. Delegates are invited to submit their ideas, research and/or practice under the topics listed below.

Topics include (but are not limited to)…

  • PLEs for managing life transitions
  • PLE and formal learning contexts: conflicts and confluences
  • PLE theoretical frameworks
  • PLE in early childhood and the family
  • PLE as literacy
  • PLE and portfolios
  • PLE and PLNs (Personal Learning Networks)
  • PLE and creative practice
  • PLEs in formal contexts (Schools, Vocational, Higher Education)
  • PLES in Lifelong Learning
  • The social PLE
  • Personal Learning and assessment
  • Digital footprints and identities
  • Ownership and agency
  • Emergent pedagogies and approaches
  • Innovative work-based learning and practices
  • PLEs and technologies
  • Personal learning and the creative economy
  • Future challenges in the PLE context

Invited types of contribution

We invite two main types of contribution: “academic papers” and “alternative session proposals”.

The PLE Conference has integrated both traditional and innovative formats since 2010, providing opportunities to present and publish high quality research in ways that stimulate creative collaboration and idea generation.

The academic communication process has two different branches. Publication, and presentation. The PLE Conference treats written submissions of academic work and the presentation of it as two totally different practices. For this reason the submission of full research papers is aimed to lead to publication in a refereed journal. However, research papers are also expected to be presented in dynamic and innovative ways to ensure that the conference is a lively and engaging space for interaction around the research that is presented.

The PLE 2014 Conference therefore welcomes two main kinds of submission:
a) the submission of full “academic papers” and
b) “alternative session proposals”. The latter may include a variety of types of interaction, such as workshops, poster sessions and demonstrations, installations, debates, cafe and pecha kucha sessions, etc. These must be presented with clear objectives and expected outcomes, and should be centred around research and practical experience.

In short, the PLE conference is especially looking for originality and relevance of ideas in both form and content. What we wish to encourage are interactive and engaging ways of exploring the research field together.

Submission and review process

The PLE Conference is accepting abstracts for academic papers and alternative session proposals. Please submit your contribution(s) via the EasyChair submission system.

Please make sure that you categorise your submission according to Venue (Tallinn) and Type. The submission form offers the following categories:
Tallinn Venue : Academic Paper
Tallinn Venue : Alternative Session Proposal

Guidelines for the submission of Academic Papers

The extended abstract for academic papers should not be longer than 700 words. It should provide an overview of your research, following an abstract protocol.

Only upon notification of acceptance, authors will be asked to submit a full academic paper no later than June 16th, 2014. Guidelines regarding the layout of the paper are provided below. (A template will be provided shortly). [we decided against this]

  • Title
    Titles should be informative and stimulate interest.

  • Abstract
    Articles must include an abstract of 300 words providing sufficient information about the research.

  • Section headings
    Use a maximum of three levels of headings. Do not number the headings.

  • Figures
    Figures, graphics, and/or images should be at least 300 dpi.

    It is the author’s responsibility to ensure figures, graphics and/or images used in his/her paper are cleared of copyright and/or that she has the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures, graphics and images. When figures, graphics, and images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend stating the following: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

  • References
    References should follow APA style.

  • Length
    Academic papers should not be longer than 8000 words including tables, captions, and references.

Guidelines for the submission of Alternative Session Proposals

The extended abstract for an alternative session should not be longer than 500 words. It should provide an overview of the session format, its objectives, and expected outcomes. It should follow an abstract protocol.

Pre-conference activities

Should you be interested in organising pre-conference activities such as workshops, project meetings, and so forth, feel free to get in contact with the local organising chair for either Kuala Lumpur or Tallinn.

Publication of contributions

Conference Proceedings
The PLE Conference is committed to an open publication model for conference contributions. By submitting a proposal to PLE 2014, authors agree that they or their employer retain copyright, but that contributions – if published – will be licensed for use with a CC License – sa/3.0/

Selected academic papers will be proposed for publication in Open Access Academic Journals with which the PLE Conference has established a partnership. Further information will be available soon.

Important dates

17.03.2014: Deadline for extended abstract submission (1st Call for Papers)
22.04.2014: Deadline for extended abstract submission (Final Call for Papers)
01.05.2014: Author notification of acceptance of extended abstracts
08.05.2014: Author notification of acceptance of extended abstracts
16.06.2014: Submission of final papers & session descriptions

16.07.2014: Pre-conference activities
17.07.2014: Conference – Day 1
18.07.2014: Conference – Day 2


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at: PLEconference2014 [at] gmail [dot] com