How can we supportlifelong competence development?
Personal Learning Environments havethe potential to meet such a challenge
PLEs are not anothersubstantiation of educational technology but a new approach to learning
A response to pedagogic approaches which requirethat learner’s e-learning systems need to be under the control of the learners themselves.
and recognise the needs of life-long learners for asystem that provides a standard interface to different institutions’ e-learning systems, and that allows portfolio information to be maintained across institutions.
Learning is now seen as multi episodic, with individuals spending occasional periods of formal education and training throughout their working life.
PLEs are based on the idea that learning will take place indifferent contexts and situations and will not be provided by a single learning provider
the idea of a Personal Learning Environment recognises thatlearning is continuing and seeks to provide tools to support that learning
Using whatever tools and devices which the learners choose
It also recognises the role of the individual in organising their own learning
PLEs can help in therecognition of informal learning
PLEs can develop on the potential of services orientedarchitectures for dispersed and networked forms of learning and knowledge development.
“the heart of the concept of the PLE is that it is a tool that allows a learner (or anyone) to engage in adistributed environment consisting of a network of people, services and resources. It is not just Web 2.0, but it is certainly Web 2.0 in the sense that it is (in the broadest sense possible) a read-write application.” Stephen Downes, 2006
The promise of PersonalLearning Environments could be to extend access to educational technology to everyone who wishes toorganise their own learning.
The ‘pedagogy’ behind the PLE – ifit could be still called that – is that it offers a portal to the world, through which learners can explore and create, according totheir own interests and directions, interacting at all times with their friends and community
the PLE will challenge the existingeducation systems and institution
New forms of learning are based on trying things and action,rather than on more abstract knowledge.
Policies to support the development and implementation of PLEs
encouraging and supporting the development ofcommunities of practice and engagement in those communities
decisions over funding andsupport need to be taken asclose to practice as possible
a broaderunderstanding of digital literacy and its integration within the curriculums
recognise differentforms and contexts of learning
the development and adoption of new pedagogies
the co-shaping of technologies bringing together techies andteachers, enterprises and institutions
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