"For students and lifelong adult learners, we can think of such a permanent home domain as a personal learning environment (PLE). It is not one particular cloud app, rather it is the 'pure web' with a toolset enabling the person/owner of that domain to constantly adapt it to new developments. It grows with the person over time and constantly reflects new 'interior designs' and 'remodeling' as needed. A PLE allows the owner of it to be a true author, contributor, and social interactor with the wider web ecology while still maintaining the stability of a personal home base on the web which is not dependent on the evolving marketing strategies of free portal services...
Unlike the 'exhibition model' digital portfolios, a PLE is much more naturally attuned to the authentic personal and professional needs of the owner. Of course, as in a digital portfolio, we all like to naturally exhibit/display new features. However the passive role of an 'exhibit' is only one of many features of a fluid PLE site. Along with exhibiting this or that project, a PLE might just as likely be hosting a discussion on a particular topic, asking visitors to complete a quick survey, providing a quick 'breaking news' report about storm damage in one neighborhood, contributing a 'how to' screencast video on a recently learned technique…the possibilities are endless!"
"Designing through the computer interface leaves little evidence of discovery. The evidence of the evolution of the design solution: the modifications, reconsideration and redesigns that constitute the tacit dimension of the students' learning trajectories are hidden from the tutors. It is as if the students' design is a palimpsest with each design decision being erased to make room for the next."
Percy, C. (2003). "Critical absence versus critical engagement. problematics of the crit in design learning and teaching." Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 2 (3): 143 - 154.
Fig.1 "Springloaded I", Posted on September 3, 2008 [http://brandnewmedia.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/springloaded-i/]