I was noting conversation with the Twitter tags #ple11, so I thought I was missing another Personal Learning Environment conference following the earlier event at Southampton. I could have read the tweets a little closer, but I recognized a couple of names from #ple_sou. My immediate thought was to locate a website detailing what was occurring. Well, a response from @SaschaHauer pointed me to the website of Professional Learning Europe.
The latter is an e-learning conference for European company participants. Since my research relates to informal and self-directed work-based learning, with a particular interest in personal learning environments used in continuing professional development, it is a conference at which to look a little closer.
There is no doubt that abbreviations and acronyms are used in different contexts, so this confusion is not a surprise. However, relating to e-learning, it did catch me thinking they were one in the same!