Personal Learning Environments


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Presented in a workshop for the SupSys project at the Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning [LE@D], Universidade Aberta, Portugal, on September 2011.

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Personal Learning Environments

  1. 1. PLE- Personal Learning Environments José Mota LEaD – Univ. Aberta @josemota on Twitter (Blog)
  2. 2. Web 2.0 – Read/Write Web Information abundance Nature of knowledge authorityParticipating and sharing validity production Identity and socialization cooperation Social bookmarking collaboration Social networking Communities prosumers
  3. 3. Web 2.0 tools & services• Blog • Blogger; Wordpress• Wiki • Wikispaces; PBworks• Productivity • Google Docs• Podcasting • Audacity; Podbean• File Sharing • Dropbox, BoxNet• Slide sharing • Slideshare• Photo sharing • Flickr; Picasa• Social Tagging • Delicious, Diigo• Video sharing • Youtube; Vimeo• URL Shortening •;• Aggregator • iGoogle; Netvibes• Microblog • Twitter; Tumblr• Social Networks • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
  4. 4. eLearningSocial dimension of learning eLearning 2.0 Quick feedback information Image, video, text, collage Multiple sources Constant communication communication Control Ownership media Autonomy Production LMS/VLE PLE
  5. 5. Tools Services (PLN) PEOPLE Resources PLE Ecology Learning Personal EnvironmentAdapted from Steve Wheeler, University ofPlymouth, 2009
  6. 6. PLE - Definitions A PLE is a web interface into the owners’ digital environment. The PLE is an approach, not an Terry Anderson (26-01-2007) application.Stephen Downes (05-06-2006) However, a PLE is not a piece of software. Personal Learning Environments It is an environment where people and offer both the framework and the tools and communities and resources technologies to integrate personal interact in a very loose kind of way. learning and working. Scott Wilson (04-2008) Graham Attwell & Cristina Costa (11-2008) a collection of tools, brought A Personal Learning Environment is a together under the conceptual facility for an individual to access, notion of openness, aggregate, configure and manipulate interoperability, and learner control digital artefacts of their ongoing (…) PLEs are a concept-entity. learning experiences. George Siemens (15-04-2007)Ron Lubensky (18-12-2006)
  7. 7. PLE – Characteristics organic Ownership InteroperabilityDiverse and complex Openness Connectedness evolving User control Autonomy Identity Production persistent Sharing Collaboration Learning formal informal non-formal lifelong learning
  8. 8. PLE – Characteristics 2  content management  integration of personal and professional interests, related to formal and informal learning experiences working and learning space, both individual and collaborative e-portfolio  rich profiles that facilitate connections multi-format communication system  aggregation and syndication (rss feeds)
  9. 9. PLE – FunctionsConnect with others Manage information Generate content Search for information Aggregate information and knowledge Share by supporting Analyse information to others in their learning develop knowledge Reflect, question, challenge, seek clarification, form and defend opinions Manipulate, rearrange and Network through a collaborative repurpose knowledge artifacts learning environmentAdapted fromGraham Attwell (2010) – Working, learning and playing through Personal Learning Environments [Presentation] Wheeler (2010). It’s Personal: Learning Spaces, Learning Webs [Presentation]
  10. 10. IMS, CMS, LMS, VLE - DisadvantagesBlackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Institutional Platforms Centered on teaching and Highly hierarchical the institutional needs Limited tools Closed Limited interaction Not very flexible Used for the course Slower innovation
  11. 11. The end of VLE/LMS? Debate in the Association of Learning Technologists Conference 2009 [ALT-C 2009] alt-c-2009/
  12. 12. IMS, CMS, LMS, VLE - AdvantagesBlackboard, Moodle, Sakai, Institutional Platforms Institutional and Easier communication and instructional needs collaboration Safety Content delivery Group identity Less demanding in terms of time and technical Assessment Tools and proficiency information in one Monitoring of place. Easier technical support students’ work
  13. 13. Latest trendsInstitutionally supported PLEs SAPO CAMPUS (University of Aveiro, PT) University of Southampton (UK) University of Manchester (UK) Graz University of Technology (Austria) Athabasca University (Canada)
  14. 14. VLE + PLE at Universidade Aberta Moodle coupled with blogs wikis diigo delicious secondlife google reader flickr twitter youtube voicethread slideshare scribd facebook
  15. 15. Project Socializing Online Learning (SOL) Development of a social academic networkActive, learner-centered learning Personalization of the online learning environment Openness, transparency Groups formed around common interests/goals Public Portfolio More visibility Employability
  16. 16. ELGG –open source social network Dashboard Member list RSSpersonal learning landscape Rich profiles Blogs Activity stream Files Pages (wiki) Photos Groups Videos Micro-bloggingeportfolio Social bookmarking Fine-grained sharing permissions Athabasca University -
  17. 17. Moodle + Elgg Moodle Elgg Information Rich profiles Learning contract Blogs Some content and Groups (formal and resources informal) Assessment Files Forums Social bookmarking E-portfolio RSS … Class Uab Community / World Formal Learning Formal and informal learning
  18. 18. SOL – Some questions How to enable anf foster active participation in anecology of sharing and collaboration geared towardsknowledge creation, that contributes to reinforce theidentity of the academic community? What elements could be decisive to aggregate goodquality information, relevant for academic performanceand for social visibility/employability? How to develop good mechanisms that articulateefficiently and productively formal and informal learning?
  19. 19. Thank you . e-mail: twitter: @josemota blog: