Personal Learning Enviroments
Learning does not just take place in the classroom. Almost any place or situation has the potential to be a learning opportunity, especially with the help of mobile devices. Issue #35 of the E-Learning Papers sets out to explore the exciting new terrain of Personal Learning Environments.
The Personal Learning Environment (PLE) approach sees learning as ubiquitous and learner-centred. Learners autonomously select their information streams and make comparisons or connections between various sources of digital and non-digital building blocks of knowledge. Such an approach challenges many of the conventional models of education and the traditional roles of teacher and student.
This issue of the E-Learning Papers, edited by Ilona Buchem and Tapio Koskinen, includes four in-depth research articles and four reports on experiences from the field. Under the broad banner of PLEs, the topics covered in the issue range from the use of personalized badges to recognize learning to the gamification of social learning, to future perspectives of place-based learning in smart cities. The findings and insights of the articles in this issue demonstrate the rich contribution of the PLE approach to the opening up of education.
Étude sur la façon dont les enseignants perçoivent les avantages pédagogiques des environnements d’apprentissage personnels Web 2.0
Cet article rend compte d’une nouvelle tentative d’analyser et synthétiser le nombre impressionnant de travaux de recherche sur les environnements d’apprentissage personnels (EAP) parus au cours de ces dernières années.
Environnements d’apprentissage personnels dans les villes intelligentes : approches actuelles et perspectives
La population mondiale vivant de plus en plus dans des milieux urbains densément peuplés et technologiquement avancés, la notion de « ville intelligente » (smart city) gagne toujours plus en importance, notamment au regard de l’engagement, de la formation et de la participation des citoyens. Nous proposons de considérer les villes intelligentes comme des lieux d’apprentissage et plaidons en faveur de méthodes pédagogiques innovantes pour utiliser des technologies intégrées dans des environnements physiques afin d’encourager l’apprentissage connecté et omniprésent dans les villes intelligentes.
eLearning Papers has announced a call for papers for its October 2013 issue, which will be dedicated to the theme Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). Guest-edited by Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem, professor of Digital Media and Diversity at Beuth University of Applied Sciences (Berlin), the deadline for submissions is 29 September.
The Personal Learning Environment has become a frequently used term to describe the uses of technologies for learning which are managed and controlled by the learners themselves. PLEs act as a gateway to an open and connected learning experience. The next issue of eLearning Papers seeks to generate debate on this emerging research area and explore innovative practices and experiences in this field.
The editorial board encourages authors to submit contributions, theoretical and empirical, addressing one or several of the following topics of interest:
- Best practice strategies for using PLEs in formal contexts (e.g. classroom, workplace)
- Best practice strategies for using PLEs in informal contexts (e.g. travel, hobby, play)
- Best practice strategies for using PLEs to bridge formal and informal contexts
- The role of PLEs in bridging the formal/informal learning divide
- The role of PLEs in fostering diversity of learning and learners
- Literacy requirements in context of PLEs including media and digital literacy skills
- Assessment strategies in context of PLEs including self-assessment and learning analytics
- PLEs are related concepts including learning portfolios, e-portfolios, lifelong learning
- PLEs and new forms of collaboration and distribution including OERs and MOOCs
- PLEs and professional development
The tentative publication date of the next eLearning Papers issue is the end of October 2013. For further information and to submit your article you may visit this page or contact Laia Canals, current chief editor, at editorialteam[at]elearningeuropa.info
The PLE Conference intends to create a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experiences and research around the development and implementation of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) – including the design of environments and the sociological and educational issues that they raise. The 2013 edition will take place in Berlin and Melbourne.
The deadline for abstracts is 4 March 2013.
PLE 2013 – 4th International Conference on Personal Learning Environments The Personal Learning Environment Conference (The PLE Conference) is an international scientific conference taking place annually, each time in a different city. Following the highly successful events in Barcelona, Southampton, Aveiro and Melbourne, Australia, the 4th International PLE Conference 2013 will be held in Berlin, Germany together with a parallel event in Melbourne, Australia (#PLECONF) from the 10th to the 12th July 2013.
So far Personal Learning Environments have been designed and implemented in formal and informal learning contexts, such as school and higher education, work-based learning and in-company training, and in continuing education. The potential of Personal Learning Environments for crossing the boundaries of traditional learning contexts, connecting diverse communities and infrastructures has not been fully realised. Therefore, the 4th PLE Conference in 2013 aims at taking the discussion on Personal Learning Environments a step forward, providing a new impulse for PLE research and development.
The theme for the conference is learning and diversity in cities of the future. In view of the “Smart City” concept and the key priorities for research and innovation expressed in the EU Horizon 2020 framework, innovative, sustainable and inclusive solutions become crucial not only in terms of future and emerging technologies but first and foremost in terms of (i) human knowledge and skills, (ii) diverse and inclusive communities, as well as (iii) learning and knowledge networks. Hence, new forms of connected, interdisciplinary learning and cross-boundary cooperation are seen to play a critical role in the development of creative solutions and in the intelligent exploitation of networked urban infrastructures. In smart urban spaces, people, organisations and objects become interconnected by means of new technologies and media, forging new patterns of cooperation, production, research and innovation.
More information can be found here.
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Submission Deadline (Widgets): 10 January 2013
Winner Announcement (Round 2): 22 January 2013
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