The PLENK2010 course is underway, and I have completed the recommended readings and reviewed the other resources. This included participation in a live, online discussion today. There will be two of these discussions weekly. One of my early questions, prior to this course, was regarding the distinction between a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and a Personal Learning Network (PLN). I thought I had this resolved, but this may not be so simple. In a blog post, Dave Cormier, for one, thinks there is likely a difference but suggests semantics are at play. I also see reference to a PLE needing a defined space, and diagrams representing it seem to emphasize the technology, notably social media. Stephen Downes even stated in a presentation, “PLE is a technological tool” (at 1’48”). Over the next week, or longer, we will try to solve the question as to whether PLE and PLN are the same thing or if there are defining factors for each. Further, I want to see if a definition of PLE will extend beyond technology itself. For now, I will focus my time reviewing the blog posts and discussion entries of course participants.