Intro to Personal Learning Environments

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This was a quick 15 minute overview of the concept of personal learning environments. The audience was comprised of learning technologists from across the University of Wisconsin. Feb 2009

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Intro to Personal Learning Environments

  1. 1. Personal Learning Environments ComETS Emerging Trends Feb. 19, 2009 Jeff Bohrer DoIT Academic Technology
  2. 2. What’s the Problem? Email Newsletters Magazines Headlines Meetings Conversations
  3. 3. Learning is not exclusively formal <ul><li>Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Conversation/Process </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a Personal Learning Environment? <ul><li>Part application </li></ul><ul><li>Part philosophy </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a Personal Learning Environment? <ul><li>“ PLE is a tool that allows a learner to engage in a network of people, services, and resources.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Stephen Downes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key Components of a PLE <ul><li>Content aggregation </li></ul><ul><li>Customizable </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Mini-apps </li></ul><ul><li>Production tools* </li></ul><ul><li>Links to our community networks* </li></ul>
  7. 7. UW System eLearning task force, 2008 Today’s LMS
  8. 8. PLE UW System eLearning task force, 2008
  9. 9. What is today’s PLE? <ul><li>RSS reader? </li></ul><ul><li>Personal portal? </li></ul><ul><li>Web browser? </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop? </li></ul>
  10. 16. “ ...enabling you to scan, organise, remix, and republish entries from your feeds to everything from Twitter to bibliographic databases” getfeedforward.org
  11. 17. elgg.org
  12. 18. Challenges for Campus IT <ul><li>Ensure flexible learning systems </li></ul><ul><li>Advance web services </li></ul><ul><li>Promote community networks </li></ul><ul><li>Model engaged participation </li></ul>
  13. 19. Learn@UW and Moodle
  14. 20. Participate!
  15. 21. For further exploration <ul><li>“ Web 2.0, Personal Learning Environments, and the Future of Learning Management Systems” ECAR Bulletin June 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Downes </li></ul><ul><li>downs.ca (search “PLE”) </li></ul><ul><li>Google: Personal Learning Environments </li></ul>

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