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Rita eden valencia may 2010

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Presentation at EDEN Conference Valencia June 2010

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Rita eden valencia may 2010

  1. 1. The Design and Development of a Personal Learning Environment: Researching the Learner experience PLE Project Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group Moncton Canada Rita Kop
  2. 2. The learning environment
  3. 3. Three major challenges to educators and educational systems <ul><li>‘ Redesign educational practices to meet the needs of networked individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Develop systematic strategies to support learners to navigate a much more complex learning landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Re-examine our educational goals in the context of economic uncertainties’ . </li></ul><ul><li>(Facer, 2009, p.7) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why a Personal Learning Environment? ‘ We learn across space as we take ideas and learning resources gained in one location and apply or develop them in another. We learn across time . . . through ideas and strategies gained in earlier years providing a framework for a lifetime of learning. . . managing a range of personal learning projects, rather than following a single curriculum’. (Sharples et al, 2005, p. 2)
  5. 5. Why a Personal Learning Environment? <ul><li>‘ 1.To liberate access to resources … </li></ul><ul><li>2. To liberate the sharing of skills… </li></ul><ul><li>3. To liberate the critical and creative resources of people ... </li></ul><ul><li>4. To liberate the individual… by providing him with the opportunity to draw on the experience of his peers and to entrust himself to the teacher, guide, adviser or healer of his choice’ </li></ul>Illich, 1971, p.103
  6. 6. Challenges : Groups – Networks – Collectives - Presence
  7. 7. Challenges - Learner autonomy Bouchard, 2009, p.96 Learner Control Conative Algorithmic Semiotic Types of social interaction Confidence Initiative Motivation Learning activity Sequencing Pacing Resource selection Text-hypertext Multimedia Search approaches Economic Perceived value of knowledge Cost-benefit ratio Opportunity cost alternatives Value assessment and recognition Life context Social environment Monitoring Evaluation
  8. 8. Challenge Critical Literacies   http://visuallit.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/media-literacy-visual-literacy-connect/
  9. 9. Learning while using a Personal Learning Environment
  10. 10. Designing a Personal Learning Environment <ul><li>Design usability issues: </li></ul><ul><li>Simplicity – learnability -memorability </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance </li></ul>Design dimensions to experience: <ul><li>Personal learning: </li></ul><ul><li>Learner choice and control </li></ul><ul><li>Creation and expression </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation </li></ul><ul><li>Link to (challenging) </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge bank </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul>
  11. 11. ‘ Design is the process of evoking meaning’ Shedroff, 2009, p4.
  12. 12. Engaging learning experiences
  13. 13. PLE Components Recommender Scaffolds Services Editor Profiler Aggregator
  14. 14. Researching a Personal Learning Environment <ul><li>Research to inform the design and development of Plearn: </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Super-users surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Close contact with PLE researchers worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Usability testing of Plearn: </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on mock-ups of the PLE </li></ul><ul><li>Testing of the PLE prototype at different stages of development </li></ul><ul><li>Educational research: </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of learning without and with Plearn in 3 case studies (with different users in different scenarios) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Massive Open Online Course - PLE To take part in the critical literacies course and research: http://www.downes.ca/post/52307
  16. 16. [email_address] Rita Kop

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