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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  • 1. Personal Learning Environments ComETS Emerging Trends Feb. 19, 2009 Jeff Bohrer DoIT Academic Technology

2. Whats the Problem? Email Newsletters Magazines Headlines Meetings Conversations 3. Learning is not exclusively formal

  • Experiences
  • Professional development
  • Conversation/Process

4. What is a Personal Learning Environment?

  • Part application
  • Part philosophy

5. What is a Personal Learning Environment?

  • PLE is a tool that allows a learner toengagein a network of people, services, and resources.
  • - Stephen Downes

6. Key Components of a PLE

  • Content aggregation
  • Customizable
  • RSS
  • Mini-apps
  • Production tools*
  • Links to our community networks*

7. UW System eLearning task force, 2008 Todays LMS 8. PLE UW System eLearning task force, 2008 9. What is todays PLE?

  • RSS reader?
  • Personal portal?
  • Web browser?
  • Laptop?

10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. ...enabling you to scan, organise, remix, and republish entries from your feeds to everything from Twitter to bibliographic databases getfeedforward.org 17. elgg.org 18. Challenges for Campus IT

  • Ensure flexible learning systems
  • Advance web services
  • Promote community networks
  • Model engaged participation

19. Learn@UW and Moodle 20. Participate! 21. For further exploration

  • Web 2.0, Personal Learning Environments, and the Future of Learning Management Systems ECAR Bulletin June 2008
  • Stephen Downes
  • downs.ca (search PLE)
  • Google: Personal Learning Environments