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From LMS to PLE: The OpenLearn Test-bed


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  • 1. From LMS to PLE: The OpenLearn Test-bed
    Dr Alexander Mikroyannidis
    The Open University, UK
  • 2. The OpenLearn project
    • OpenLearn ( is a Moodle-based LMS, consisting of two distinct learning areas: LearningSpaceand LabSpace.
    • 3. LearningSpace includes Open Educational Resources (OER) organised in standalone learning units, plus social software and discussion forums to enable collaboration and group work.
    • 4. LabSpace has an experimental and developmental nature; users can submit their own content, as well as remix and reuse the resources available.
  • OpenLearn courses & tools
  • 5. Learner-centric approach
    • OpenLearn has been built around units of study and not the personal profiles of learners; a learner-centric approach is missing
    • 6. Learners do not get any guidance about how to learn on their own, neither from technology, nor from peers
    • 7. Learners need support to plan and control their learning journey
    • 8. ROLE goal: Provide recommendations to learners about resources and other learners (‘study-buddies’)
  • Tools and personalisation
    • Tools currently available in OpenLearn:
    • 9. Videoconferencing (FlashMeeting)
    • 10. Sensemaking (Compendium, Cohere)
    • 11. Blogs
    • 12. Forums
    • 13. Learning clubs
    • 14. Generally disconnected from learning units
    • 15. ROLE goals:
    • 16. Allow learners to gain control over the manipulation and production of content through tools
    • 17. Enable learners to bring in their own tools and personalise their learning environment
  • Social interactions
    • The learning content currently provided by OpenLearn is comprised of standalone units, which are generally not being studied in a social context
    • 18. Lack of support for social interactions
    • 19. ROLE goals:
    • 20. Provide support to learners for community building and collaborative activities
    • 21. A shared learning experience instead of a lone study
  • ROLE widgets in OpenLearn
    Learners aggregate and work collaborativelyon learning resources provided by the Open University (e.g. OpenLearn, iTunesU) and external sources (e.g. Wikipedia, SlideShare, YouTube)
  • 22. From LMS to PLE
    • The OpenLearn transition from the LMS towards the PLE paradigm aims in:
    • 23. A richer and more personalized learning experience
    • 24. Support for self-regulated learning
    • 25. Social networking and community-building
    • 26. Openness and adaptivity of the learning environment
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  • 27. ROLE alliance program
    What is the Alliance Program?
    A partner network of strategic users, vendors and other stakeholder
    Why should I become a member?
    As a member you have a lot of benefits e.g., access to our showcase platform, free visit of specific workshops, test of prototypes or attendance at Alliance Partner meetings
    How can I become part of the Alliance Program?
    Please register under