Ple Lta 1

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  • Ple Lta 1

    1. 1. Neil Currant, Project Officer – TQEG ‘Enhancing Learner Progression through Personalised Learning Environments’ www.elp.ac.uk Personal learning environments: the future for the VLE?
    2. 2. Conclusion (possible) <ul><li>That the current VLE will become a complicated beast capable of almost anything we can imagine. </li></ul><ul><li>Or else </li></ul><ul><li>We use a range of different tools to create our online learning environment. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Aims <ul><li>To think about new ways of using ICT for teaching and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>To be aware of personalised tools that are available to students. </li></ul><ul><li>To raise questions about learning and technology. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Terms of Engagement <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone’s environment will be slightly different and will fulfil their needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The learner is able to change/ modify both look and content </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Terms of Engagement <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both formal and informal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to institution and wider learning events </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Terms of Engagement <ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible anytime, anywhere, anyplace. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. So a Possible Vision <ul><li>Every student has their own online learning space that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is unique and personal to them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is owned and controlled by them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to their institution’s, tutor’s and peer’s spaces. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Merges formal and informal, personal and study. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Why? <ul><li>To make learning personal </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage independent learning </li></ul><ul><li>To draw in informal learning </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage lifelong learning </li></ul>
    9. 9. Drivers <ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalised learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students experiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking – MySpace etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of personal online environments in school </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What we have now? <ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>An e-portfolio </li></ul>
    11. 11. What is possible now? Lecturer / Module blog or similar Student blogs Module wiki email Group work wiki Group discussion (set up by us) Group discussion (set up by students) Resources and weblinks Shared bookmarks (annotated)
    12. 12. What tools already exist? <ul><li>Google Homepage (iGoogle) </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo personal homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes & other RSS aggregators </li></ul>
    13. 13. Isn’t this more work for lecturers? Post to your blog Post announcements What is happening comes straight to you via a simple webpage. Log in to VLE to see what is happening Create discussion spaces (and students can add their own) Create discussion spaces Upload course material Upload course material Other tools Institutional VLE
    14. 14. Conclusion (possible) <ul><li>That the current VLE will become a complicated beast capable of almost anything we can imagine but often can’t use. </li></ul><ul><li>Or else </li></ul><ul><li>We choose a range of different tools that we need to create our online learning environment. </li></ul><ul><li>NB: the opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the author and not necessarily those of the University of Bradford. </li></ul>

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