Personal Learning Environments or PLEs enable the creation of personal and social learning spaces
to support learner-centered and personalized learning experiences empowering students to direct
their own learning and develop self-regulated learning skills. PLEs are built bottom-up, by the student,
starting with personal goals, information management, and individual knowledge construction, and
progressing to socially mediated knowledge and networked learning. A PLE can be entirely controlled
and adapted by a student providing an engaged learning experience, however students must acquire
and apply a set of personal knowledge management and self-regulatory skills to create effective PLEs.
This talk will address this critical issue focusing on the use of social media as an educational platform
for scaffolding the strategic design of PLEs.