Build your Personal Learning Environment


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Presentation at the JTEL Summer School 2012 and the Dev8eD conference.

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Build your Personal Learning Environment

  1. 1. Build yourPersonal LearningEnvironmentDr Alexander MikroyannidisKnowledge Media InstituteThe Open University, UK ©
  2. 2. Widgets and apps everywhere!
  3. 3. What is a widget?• Widget (or Gadget) A widget is a micro-application performing a dedicated task. This task can be as simple as showing news headlines or weather forecasts, but also more complex like facilitating language learning or collaborative authoring.• Widget bundle A widget bundle is a set of widgets that complement each other and are used together for a common purpose.• Widget store A widget store is a directory of widgets. Users can browse and download the widgets, as well as provide feedback on the widgets through ratings and comments.
  4. 4. What is a PLE? • A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is a facility for an individual to aggregate, manipulate and share digital artefacts of their ongoing learning experiences. • The PLE follows a learner- centric approach, allowing the use of lightweight services and tools that belong to and are controlled by individual learners.
  5. 5. PLE characteristics• Supporting learners in planning and controlling their learning journey • Setting their own learning goals • Monitoring their progress towards achieving these goals• Managing their learning – both content and process • Enabling learners to aggregate resources and personalise their learning environment • Providing recommendations to learners about resources and other learners (‘study-buddies’)• Collaborating with others in the process of learning • Providing support to learners for community building and collaborative activities • A shared learning experience instead of a lone study
  6. 6. A PLE in action
  7. 7. An introductory course to PLEs • Introduces the core ROLE concepts and demonstrates a selection of ROLE learning tools. • Learning outcomes: • Understand how widgets can be used to carry out specific tasks • Outline how a Personal Learning Environment can be enabled • Build your own Personal Learning Environment
  8. 8. Self-Regulated Learning• Self-regulated learning (SRL) is a term that describes an individual’s ability to learn how to learn. In other words, each of us can develop a wide-ranging skill set that enables us to learn in a number of different ways.• In some university settings the term SRL is more commonly described as “independent learning” or “auto-didactic learning”.• Some examples of how SRL might be assessed: • Having the ability to set learning goals and plan appropriate study strategies • Finding suitable learning materials • Seeking help from peers and collaborating to gain feedback or assurance • Being able to reflect on their learning progress and adjust their study strategies accordingly
  9. 9. An introductory course to SRL • Learning outcomes: • Understand the fundamental aspects of SRL • Outline a series of SRL examples • Assess your own SRL skills • Understand how you can use the ROLE tools to apply SRL to your learning
  10. 10. SRL in ROLE
  11. 11. Social search widget: Binocs • The Binocs widget allows search for a variety of content formats (e.g. videos, presentations) and content repositories (e.g. YouTube, SlideShare, Wikipedia). • Search results are ranked according to users’ ratings.
  12. 12. Bibliography search widget: ObjectSpot The ObjectSpot widget searches through: • Bibliographic repositories, such as Google Scholar, CiteULike, DBLP. • Repositories of OER (Open Educational Resources), such as OpenLearn, Jorum, iTunes U.
  13. 13. Collaborative authoring widget: EtherPad• The EtherPad widget enables real-time document collaboration for groups of users.• When multiple authors edit the same EtherPad document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyones screen.
  14. 14. Activity 1:Find and share learning resources ©
  15. 15. Finding more widgetsROLE Widget Store Google Gadget Directory
  16. 16. Building your PLE in iGoogleiGoogle allows anyone with a Google account to assemble their owncollection of widgets.
  17. 17. The ROLE SandboxThe ROLE Sandbox offers a facility for building a PLE and using itcollaboratively.
  18. 18. Activity 2: Start building your PLE ©
  19. 19. Questionnaire:Tell us what you think about PLEs! ©
  20. 20. 4th ROLE Widget Enchantment Competition Submissions Start (Widget Specifications): 28 May Submissions End: 29 July Winners Announcement (Round 1): 03 August Submission Deadline (Widgets): 07 October Winners Announcement (Round 2): 12 October
  21. 21. Thank you! The ROLE project The ROLE courses ©