From LMS to PLE: The OpenLearn Test-bed


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From LMS to PLE: The OpenLearn Test-bed

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