The evolution of personal learning environments

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A personal learning environment refers to the tools, technologies, resources etc. that a person uses at the individual level to build on his knowledge base. By and large, this constitutes John’s Personal Learning Environment (PLE). Image Credit – Freepik.com. The coming of technology has naturally exposed us to more entertainment, and at the same time, to more learning. Much of our learning is informal and happens online.

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Those attending the PLE Conference found themselves quickly immersed in discussion, dialogue and debate over the nature and ethos of the personal learning environment. The Twitter stream alone went wild, and by midday on the second day there had been over 5000 messages inserted into the #PLE-BCN hashtag stream. Assessment and accreditation of learning were discussed, as was the curriculum. Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Off the rails?

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Amy Burvall has sent me three images, and my task is to create a blog post out of one of them. Some prefer to travel in a taxi, or even by using their own personal transport. This is a metaphor for personalised learning, with the personal learning environment supporting an individual's learning. Furthermore, unlike traditional formalised education, the personal learner determines his or her own destination. All images by Amy Burvall Off the rails?

Everyone has one

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Everyone has one - a personal learning environment, that is. We all learn. We all use tools to help us learn. Personal learning environments or PLEs, are the collection of tools (not just online) that enable us to connect, create and share content with our own communities of interest and practice. Mine will be different to yours, because my choices and preferences about what and how I learn are different to yours. tools #ple_sou

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

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I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. Together for two days, we discussed how digital technologies and networks could support learning. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons , personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, sharing and repurposing content, knowledge and artefacts for education.

Learning Space Mash-up: Toward a Collaborative Personal Learning Environment

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One of the papers I will be presenting in September is entitled: "Learning Space Mash-up: Toward a Collaborative Personal Learning Environment". It will be presented in the special track on Mashups and Education at this year's Interactive Computer Aided Learning Conference , which as usual, is held in the beautiful Alpine town of Villach, in Austria. Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

The personal web

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With the Southampton PLE Conference #PLE_SOU at full throttle, I thought it would be a good time to reiterate my views on the personal web. Personal Web Tools (PWTs) are thought by some to be synonymous with PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) but the two should not be confused. The report goes on to define personal webs as self created, and consisting of online tools that suit each individual's unique preferences, styles and needs.

Limitless learning

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The personal learning environment (PLE) is still a bone of contention. Over at the Open University of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Ismael Peña-López has been doing some stirling work on theories surrounding Vygotsky's learning model and PLEs. What is interesting about Ismael's model is the way he incorporates the ZPD into a general model of the PLE, and argues that in fact, both MKOs and ZPD can constitute a PLE.

When worlds collide

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In yesterday's post I gave the first part of a review of the latest issue of the journal Interactive Learning Environments , which is a special issue entitled: 'Towards eLearning 2.0 There are 7 papers in the issue, each of which focus on social media that are being used to support and enhance learning in higher education. Two papers reporting on research into the implementation of personal learning environments using social media provide a little controversy for the special issue.

New and emerging technologies

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The video below is the result of that interview, in which I answer questions such as: what emerging technology trends have the greatest potential for learning? and should we be waiting until our learners adopt new technology or should we be leading the way as learning providers? As you might expect, smart mobile technologies, personal learning environments and social learning feature prominently. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Grand tour

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On Sunday it's down to Frankfurt and a meeting with my old friend Sigi Jakob-Kuhn (follow her as @Networking_Lady on Twitter) in Wienheim, before moving onwards to Heidelburg to attend the International Networking Conference and chair their sessions on e-learning. It's all change again on Wednesday 7th July when I fly from Frankfurt down to Barcelona to participate in another exciting event - the first Personal Learning Environment Conference.

In person

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There has been a lot of talk recently about PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) and everyone it seems, wants to know what they are, what they contain, or if they will replace current institutional VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) or LMS (Learning Management System) provision. No one seems to be able to agree on what a PLE is. I simply point them in the direction of the journal I edit: Interactive Learning Environments.

Personalised learning

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I have been thinking a lot about personalised learning lately. Last night, during a panel discussion for the Plymouth Education Society, I made a statement that the current UK National Curriculum doesn't make a lot of room for personalised learning. Standardised assessment militates against personalised learning too. Many schools practice assessment of learning using a criterion referenced assessment. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Selfie number 10

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Recently, in the wake of the #blimage blogging challenge I've been thinking about the power of photos and images. So I thought - perhaps I should write a blog series about the top ten photos and selfies of people I admire, and who have contributed significantly to my own learning. On the left of the picture is Harold Jarche , who is chair of the Internet Time Alliance and a champion of social learning. I also met George for the first time at the Barcelona PLE event.

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Reciprocity learning

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I watched this morning's PLE conference (#pleconf) unkeynote by Grainne Conole and Ricardo Torres Kompen, which was streamed live from Aveiro, in Portugal. In it, they represented a number of perspectives on personal learning environments, including a discussion on the differential between institutionally managed Virtual Learning Environments (or VLEs) and the free tools that learners are now using on the web. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Dead personal

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Since I posted the ' Two fingered salute ' earlier this week several people have asked me what I meant by 'personal web'. I was also asked why I didn't use the term PLE (Personal Learning Environment). The report goes on to define personal webs as self created and consisting of online tools that suit each individual's unique preferences, styles and needs. Sound like a PLE? Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Deeply personal

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But is it really that deeply personal? I was reading Jim Campbell's article on personalisation of learning again today. For me this resonates clearly with the tension between the provision of Content Management Systems (what we commonly call institutional VLEs) and personal learning environments (PLEs). So let's apply this to personal learning environments by translating the 5 levels into an education context.

A right punch-up

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The future success of e-learning depends on appropriate selection of tools and services. This symposium will propose that the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as an institutional tool is dead, no more, defunct, expired. The first panel member, Steve Wheeler , will argue that many VLEs are not fit for purpose, and masquerade as solutions for the management of online learning. just watch the video Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Lost in translation

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At the VLE is Dead symposium , there was an issue over the term PLE (Personal Learning Environment). Some people objected to it being named as such, because they argue, the PLE is not a 'thing', but a concept or more accurately a counterpoint in the discourse of the VLE. or the PLE and rename will be a little more difficult, I predict. Image source Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Give PLEs a chance

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This post features Graham Attwell's chapter on the social impact of personal learning environments (PLEs). Graham, as director of the Wales based independent research agency Pontydysgu (Bridge to Learning) is deeply embroiled in the study of emerging learning technologies. Informal learning is hardly acknowledged, less still fostered and facilitated (p 125-6). Image source: replacement-software.co.uk) Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Inspired learning

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When I first became involved in learning technology research in the early 1980s (it was called 'educational technology' in those days) personal computers were in their infancy, and multi-media was breaking as the next 'big thing' in education. I spent my time developing software packages for 'computer assisted learning' which were text heavy but interactive, and then assessing how effective they were as tools to engage learners.

The boy done good

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Dan's article is entitled: ' Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs): here to stay, or on the brink of demise? ' Here's the abstract: Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are popular with many educational institutions, ranging from primary schools to universities. Recent literature and personal blogs are used to understand how the VLE as a concept is understood. 2009) Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs): here to stay, or on the brink of demise?

Can anybody hear me?

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It's a movement against the commoditization of learning and against corporate profiteering. 2) Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and in particular Learning Management Systems (LMSs) contribute toward restrictive practices in education and constrain both learner and teacher to operate within a model of learning that is insitutionally beneficial, but does little for the learner themselves. Rhizomatic approaches to learning fall into this kind of philosophy.

Noughties. but nice

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The first decade of the 21st Century was highly significant for personal learning. Such a vast array of new personal devices and web applications was introduced that have become so deeply ingrained in our everyday lives, many of us would probably feel at a loss if we were suddenly transported back to 1999. If we time jumped from then to 2009, the way we now communicate, learn, search for information, share content and consume entertainment would be unrecognisable.

What is in store for the LMS Space: My Forecasts for 2016

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files, images, etc.) Oh, I should add that this capability from the learner side would include images, photos and files. Then, the administrator could include the video as part of the training/learning in the course catalog or assigned courses to individual or multiple learners. The learner then clicks on the video text and goes right to where that person mentions that text, i.e. keyword or keywords. Mobile app with ability to record video, capture images, photos.

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Is Instructional Designer the Right Title?

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Via a post I found through Workplace Learning Today , Rob Wilkins asked whether “instructional designer&# is really an accurate title for what we do. He suggests that “information and instruction architect&# might be a better description, especially as we move to more learner control, personal learning environments, and Web 2.0 tools that (hopefully) help people build their personal learning environments, it’s not quite the traditional course.

Top 74 eLearning Posts from September 2010

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Best of eLearning Learning in September 2010. Four roles for social media in workplace learning - Clive on Learning , September 28, 2010 I write this as I travel to Birmingham to participate in a panel discussion with Nick Shackleton-Jones and Robin Hoyle on the role of social media in learning. The discussion forms part of the agenda for the World of Learning Conference, an event that I have enjoyed participating in for something like ten years now. PLE (14).

Visual Literacy and Visual Thinking

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I assume, I hope with some degree of accuracy, that visual literacy means, in parallel with textual literacy , knowing the history and current usage of images and colours so you can interpret them within a community of knowledgeable users. As I said, I’ve never studied art or visual stuff, but Jay Cross says 80% of learning is informal - and that’s where I’ve learned anything I know, visually. Jay Cross on Informal Learning. Dave Tosh's PLE.

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Top 100 eLearning Items

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Using eLearning Learning , I thought it would be interesting to go look what it thinks are some of the top items of all time. Learning 2.0 - The Things How we read online. - Tools Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Applications in Learning Rethinking Learning Styles Understanding E-Learning 2.0 Try Before You Buy Tools Used Better Conferences - Response Needed Roles in CoP's The science of learning Learning 2.0

A few of my favorite things

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Like most people who develop and manage training for a living, especially at small to medium sized companies and non profits, I have learned to do a lot of work using free and open source software tools. Moodle - everyone has seen it but the potential for this learning platform is unlimited. Facebook - could be the next thing in learning management and PLE (personal learning environment). Picnik -online image editing.

Micro-Learning: Its Role in Formal, Informal and Incidental Learning

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What is micro-learning? What characteristics define micro-learning? In this post, I have looked at micro-learning from the point of view of efficacy as well as applicability. Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term ''microlearning'' refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. Our employees are busy and want to learn on the go.”

Learning with 'e's: You've been framed

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Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development theory has long been revered by the education community as a model for describing what happens when we learn in social contexts. Bright young things will know that the ZPD describes the space where, with the help of a knowledgeable other person, they can extend and enhance their learning beyond that which they might achieve on their own. Then the scaffolding is brought down as they move on to the next phase of their learning.

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Top Posts from August - Augmented Reality - Social Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

So here are the top posts based on social signals via eLearning Learning for August 2010. My e-Learning Don’ts - MinuteBio , August 8, 2010 Here is a list I compiled of things I think should NOT be done when designing e-learning courses. believe the following are counter to adult learning theory, sound e-learning design and they just down-right irk me. 1) An experience as an avatar can change a person’s real life perceptions. Learn.

Creating a Learning Platform for Boyd's OODA Loop

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In my last post I talked about getting more out of AARs by incorporating them with informal learning and social media tools and then pushing it with formal learning in order to capture lessons learned. This approach allows you to set up a learning strategy that is a real process rather than a one time event. In this part of the action loop the observer scans the environment in order to gather information and learn about it.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

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Best of eLearning Learning. Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs - Experiencing eLearning , July 6, 2010 Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. Since then, I’ve discovered a wealth of blogs by instructional designers, e-learning developers, and workplace learning specialists. There’s been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and “how the brain learns.&#

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195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

Remaking education in the image of our desires. From Learning Management to Personal Knowledge Management. E-Learning Generations. version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC , which isan instantiation of that process. we learn. Learning 2.0. Page 1 of 2.

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35 Top eLearning Articles and 6 Hot Topics for March

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Best of eLearning Learning. Once again, I found myself falling behind in getting through all the great eLearning content that gets brought together by eLearning Learning. And I was happy to see that my Twitter for Learning post got the top spot for the second half of the month. Twitter for Learning – 55 Great Articles - eLearning Technology , March 24, 2010 Collection of articles around how to make effective use of Twitter as a learning tool. Images (50).

Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

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Best of eLearning Learning. Real learning – let’s not confuse it with completing templated exercises - Performance Learning Productivity , June 18, 2010 I read a piece written by Kate Graham of e2train on Thursday and it started me thinking about the ‘real learning versus managed learning’ debate. MinuteBio , June 12, 2010 Yesterday I attended a SCORM webinar provided by Advance Distributed Learning (ADL). What I learned this week at the Enterprise 2.0

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