James Ryan left an extensive comment on Enterprises that love PLE's. He reveals the thinking about PLE's inside the financial services industry:
Wherever a portion of an economy acquires concentrated power, a regulatory environment is created. Financial services, public utilities, health care, transportation safety, law enforcement, governmental services and the military -- all operate in regulatory environments.
(A PLE/Education Portfolio owned by the learner) also requires a means for the learner to accept updates to their PLE, made by people providing training, so the student has a verified training record, verified qualifications and ce points/hours or other measurement.
The oversight by a regulatory commission prevents the abuse of that highly centralized power. The protection of citizen rights is accomplished by regulations, enforcement and penalties. This defense against abuses involves mandatory training, refresher courses and compliance verification. The training industry gets most of its revenue serving this sector of the economy. Regulatory environments use an LMS to monitor the completion of SCORM compliant modules developed in accordance with ADDIE protocol to support internal KM.Regulatory environments are deeply dualistic. There are based on clear lines being drawn between right and wrong, truth and falsehood, compliance and non-compliance. Policy enforcement mandates the delivery of content. Regulatory environments can only give lipservice to informal learning, PLE's and empowerment. A PLE in this environment is a glorified in-box, made to look like discretionary choices and self-controlled explorations.
Creativity in these contexts is called embezzlement, insubordination, deviation, cooking the books or fraud. There is no room for the kinds of innovations that play with paradoxes and non-compliant possibilities. Regulatory learning environments must oppose free range learning, authentically personal learning environments and self-motivated conduct. In this context, PLE is an oxymoron.