GoogleTranslate Service


Tensions in PLE development

July 28th, 2009 by Graham Attwell

It is heartening to see the increasing interest in Personal Learning Environments. Indeed, in terms of research into Technology Enhanced Learning, it is probably not going too far to say that PLEs have now mainstreamed.

However, with increasing research, and especially as developers and practitioners move towards implementing PLEs – or rather implementing an approach to learning based on Personal Learning Networks and PLEs, tensions are emerging.

One particular point of tension became very apparent at last weeks ROLE project expert workshop between an approach to personalisation based on a (corporate or institutional) VLE or Learning Management System providing more space for self supported learning and those wishing to empower learners in developing their own learning environment based on social software.

A related tension is between seeing learners essentially using PLEs to follow programmes of learning – be they courses or online learning – and those seeing PLEs as primarily a space to reflect on informal learning.

And yet a further tension is in the extent to which recommender systems can assist learners in developing their own learner systems. Or is the prime function of a PLE to enable individuals to develop their own networks for peer assisted learning?

All these approaches have their strengths and are not mutually incompatible. However with growing numbers of projects aiming to develop, test or implement PLEs, it is becoming important that project partners gain a shared understanding of both the meaning of a PLE and the particular objectives of any project development.

Please follow and like us:

3 Responses to “Tensions in PLE development”

  1. Interesting reflections, Graham. Regarding the war among the corporate, centralised VLE/LMS and the personal, autonomous PLE, I think they are compatible. In my own PLE model ( http://bit.ly/g9QQe ), I just see the LMS as a part of the PLE, a tool that the learner can use among others. It can be good for formal and heavily coached training.

  2. Ingo Dahn says:

    LMSs provide powerful services for institution-based learning. There is no reason why these services should be only accessed from their native built-in environment. Personal learning occurs lifelong and lifewide and institutional learning has an important place in it. Similarly institutional services (distinguished from institutional environments) need their place in PLEs.

  3. Andre Mersch says:

    As you said, I also believe, that the mentioned tensions have to be in mind of anyone dealing with PLE – but are solvable.
    As for the integration of LMS in PLE I think that it is not only valuable for learners to make LMS one of their multiple ressources in their PLE. We also have to think the other way round.
    There is no conradiction between institutional VLEs and LMS producing more space for informal Learning and supporting Learners in creating their PLE. It is rather crucial to use institutional structures to empower learners for both formal and informal learning.

  • Search Pontydysgu.org

    Social Media




    News Bites

    Cyborg patented?

    Forbes reports that Microsoft has obtained a patent for a “conversational chatbot of a specific person” created from images, recordings, participation in social networks, emails, letters, etc., coupled with the possible generation of a 2D or 3D model of the person.

    Please follow and like us:


    Racial bias in algorithms

    From the UK Open Data Institute’s Week in Data newsletter

    This week, Twitter apologised for racial bias within its image-cropping algorithm. The feature is designed to automatically crop images to highlight focal points – including faces. But, Twitter users discovered that, in practice, white faces were focused on, and black faces were cropped out. And, Twitter isn’t the only platform struggling with its algorithm – YouTube has also announced plans to bring back higher levels of human moderation for removing content, after its AI-centred approach resulted in over-censorship, with videos being removed at far higher rates than with human moderators.

    Please follow and like us:


    Gap between rich and poor university students widest for 12 years

    Via The Canary.

    The gap between poor students and their more affluent peers attending university has widened to its largest point for 12 years, according to data published by the Department for Education (DfE).

    Better-off pupils are significantly more likely to go to university than their more disadvantaged peers. And the gap between the two groups – 18.8 percentage points – is the widest it’s been since 2006/07.

    The latest statistics show that 26.3% of pupils eligible for FSMs went on to university in 2018/19, compared with 45.1% of those who did not receive free meals. Only 12.7% of white British males who were eligible for FSMs went to university by the age of 19. The progression rate has fallen slightly for the first time since 2011/12, according to the DfE analysis.

    Please follow and like us:


    Quality Training

    From Raconteur. A recent report by global learning consultancy Kineo examined the learning intentions of 8,000 employees across 13 different industries. It found a huge gap between the quality of training offered and the needs of employees. Of those surveyed, 85 per cent said they , with only 16 per cent of employees finding the learning programmes offered by their employers effective.

    Please follow and like us:


    Other Pontydysgu Spaces

    • Pontydysgu on the Web

      pbwiki
      Our Wikispace for teaching and learning
      Sounds of the Bazaar Radio LIVE
      Join our Sounds of the Bazaar Facebook goup. Just click on the logo above.

      We will be at Online Educa Berlin 2015. See the info above. The stream URL to play in your application is Stream URL or go to our new stream webpage here SoB Stream Page.

      Please follow and like us:
  • Twitter

    RT @Neil_Selwyn "AI & The Future of Education" - recording now online of last night's excellent panel discussion w/ @digiteracy @EricaSouthgate + @ValMMendes ... plus this artistic interpretation of how the conversation unfolded! Video link: youtube.com/watch?v=Epwj1B… pic.twitter.com/DdfJJDUTxj

    Yesterday from Graham Attwell's Twitter via Twitter for Mac

  • Cc @pbhatia94 @bluehousef70 @emaslin94 et al. May be something to consider tomorrow (when our heads start to spin from all the difficult thoughts)

    Yesterday from Cristina Costa's Twitter via Twitter Web App

  • Recent Posts

  • Archives

  • Meta

  • Categories