Unfortunately, Chris got some flak based on his initial question. The problem is that the question is somewhat complex to answer for any individual and so not something to be done lightly. It's easy to list a set of tools. Jane Hart has done a great job collecting individual answers to what learning tools and technologies that people use. But, that doesn't get you very far.
More important are the methods. But probably most important are the mental models or frameworks that people use to understand what they need and turn it into methods and tools.
The question is a bit harder than Chris expected. At the same time, I agree with his call for sharing on these things and "learning over the shoulder" of others.
And I also sympathize with the "no its personal" beat down he took. There is certainly value in sharing methods and models.
I ran back through some previous discussions on PLEs and found that much of it focuses on tools and technology. A little on methods. Very little on models or frameworks. Here are some of the links:
- Requirements of a PLE Framework
- Social Network Operating Systems
- Personal Work and Learning Environments (PWLE) - More Discussion
- Personal Work and Learning Environments
- PWLE Not PLE - Knowledge Work Not Separate from Learning
- Learning and Networking With A Blog (T+D article)
- Personal Learning Strategies
- Personal Learning
- Learning Systems
- EPSS and ePerformance
- Personal Learning for Learning Professionals - Using Web 2.0 Tools to Make Reading & Research More Effective
- Personal Learning Knowledge Work Environment
- Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools
- Needed Skills for New Media
- eLearning 2.0 - An Immediate, Important Shift
- The Fischbowl: Creating Personal Learning Networks: Part 2
- growing changing learning creating: If this is your first PLE
- Personal Learning Environments: What They Are And How To Implement Them - Good summary
- Jeremy Hiebert's headspaceJ -- Instructional Design and Technology
- The Inevitable Personal Learning Environment Post
- Derek's Blog: More on MLEs and PLEs
- Personal Learning Environments Wiki
- The present and future of Personal Learning Environments
- Wikipedia: History of personal learning environments