Hi Lawrie. I’ll be interested in what you come up with! I am currently putting together a day school (although it might turn out to be a half day) on personal learning and research environments for research PGs and staff. Stretching things a bit, the focus is on what a non-institutional provided/supported/controlled VLE would look like that is mobile and develops and changes as an individual’s career through profession and life develops and changes. This includes elements of life-long learning, digital presence and identity, and digital citizenship. I have started preparation for this using Google Sites as an experiment – http://sites.google.com/site/personalresearchenvironments. This is slightly at odds with my day job of promoting the use the Leeds Uni VLE but for those on temporary contracts, early in their careers or, like me, close to retirement, it makes good sense to be untying the apron strings and looking for free-floating and flexible environments, applications and networks.