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As written in +Daniel Spielmann posting:
"I have the great privilege to build a similar environment for one of our customers. In the (near) future it becomes a learner-centered single-login system with huge courses, composed of captivate modules, Connect-conferences, real-life meetings, documents, print materials and even more. The only information needed from the learners are e-mail and name.

Only exception: If there are important exams to pass, our client need some more infos, not only to send certificates. :) Great fun and a great challenge."
My employer prefers the federation model - nevertheless personally I stick to my PLE.
Thanks for this Stephen. We're covering the actual debates and the future of both VLEs and PLEs at the moment on the Master's course I am undertaking with the Open University in the UK ( distance ed; course / MA in online and distance ed). I'm in favour of decentralizing the learning approach. I can already see that within our own cohort of students ( who are segregated into groups), we have to agree on collaborative systems outside the uni; VLE in order to communicate. We do have some choices within the system but it's often easier to agree on a common core tool from our own PLEs, that we' re already using on a regular basis. I do the same with m own language students: let them choose their tools and I do the adapting.
Thanks for the Insight. I've been promoting the idea of using publicly available collaboration ressources to our students for some time. I hadn't heard the term PLE before, though.
My impression is that a centralized LMS will not really encourage the level of sharing and collaboration you'd expect, when you see what is happening on typical social networking platforms.
Our students will use an LMS as a guideline and as a sort of learning itinarary as well as the place where they get their assignments and drop off their results.  The real collaboration however, takes place where they feel 'at home'. On G+ or any other combination of platforms.

The never-ending discussions about how much control to give up in favor of self-organized learning seem to be a natural part of transition (I hope). 
Thanks again this excellent overview. I now have a truckload of new arguments!
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