Lee LeFever at Common Craft: Social Software Convergence writes:
I got a couple of pointers recently to really cool diagrams showing how groups of technologies and services could be combined to create a socially based system for education, learning, etc.
Check out this diagram from Scott Wilson. …
Then there is this diagram of a system from CogDogBlog called Ocotillo. …
I’m starting to feel more and more confident that the most valuable systems in the future won’t be using individual tools like blogs, wiki, message boards, etc. What may really work best is using a number of resources in the same environment with each one playing an individual role- the role that fits with the needs of the users.
Both diagrams provide an interesting overview of what an aggregate, as distinct from monolithic, VLE might look like. For another diagrammatic view of learning, take a look at the Learning Landscape. There really does seem to be a strong counter-current to the prevailing dominance of the major LMS systems.
(Via common craft.)