anatomy and physiology, what is likely to form part of PLE

Thanks to Eduardo (15 posts on PLE!) with a nice one from Informl Learning, presentations from Graham Attwell and just listened / watched excellent Stephen Downes presentation from last week:

“technological tool – how do we learn through our community – embed a person into a community of different services..e.g. a post – written own information, categorised it…learning is something you gain on your own, through participation in the community…personal knowledge consists of neural connections not social connections…use a personal learning network to create a new neural networks…recognition that have acquired neural state by way they perform in the social network”(1)

In a&p amongst everything else, there are different human body systems which I need to be very familiar with by the end of 11 weeks time – cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, musculo-skeletal. I remember some tiny bits from school biology (but didn’t do at A level etc so many many years ago) and anything else since, but a lot of the detail is sketchy at best. So this will be an interesting way to develop this, not quite sure how part of my PLE is going to be represented in a urinary way for example, but hoping to have some fun in future posts on this.

think mind map tool with grey connectors and black nodesThere are a&p colouring books (yes really  – for adults), but I’m thinking to get a little creative and use some plasticine (I can make playdough – used to when teaching but can’t be bothered to mess around trying to get all the colours). Decided to use mind/concept map to try and work out what actually needed in PLE and where. Like the idea of Think which is a new-ish html5 mindmap tool – that expands across your screen like a giant grey alien and does look quite anatomical but decided it was bit too big – although might give it a try in the future for some specific areas.

Here is plan of sorts in cmap – haven’t really added in tools as such yet:

map of areas for personal learning environment

1. Downes S (2010) Personal Learning Environments,, available at: