Firehouse introduction: Awareness and Reflection in Personal Learning Environments

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Workshop at the PLE 2011 Conference

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  • 1. Awareness and Reflection In Personal Learning Environments Workshop at the PLE 2011 ConferenceFirehouse Introduction
    Thomas Daniel Ullmann, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Buckingham Shum - Knowledge Media Institute, OU
    Ruth Deakin Crick University of Bristol
  • 2. Designing an Online Mentoring System for Self-Awareness and Reflection on Lifelong Learning Skills
    In other terms:
    How to map an established face-to-face mentoring system to an online system.
  • 3. ELLIMent: Supporting Life Long Learning Skills Online
    Online Mentoring.
    Based on the ELLI (Effective Life Long Learning Inventory).
    Awareness: Representation of seven learning power dimensions.
    Reflection: Exchange of reflections between mentee and mentor and vice verse.
    Reflection history.
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  • 5. Challenges of this research
    What elements of face-to-face mentoring are essential and realizable as an online tool.
    Using ELLIMent in a PLE scenario.
    What makes a good mentor if everyone can be your personal mentor?
    Can we build a system which connects you with the right mentor?
    Can learning paths help to reflect on life long learning skills?
    Analytics: How to detect support needs.
  • 6. What should we focus on during this workshop?
    Awareness and Reflection Components
    Design patterns
    Vision sharing
  • 7. Research agenda for the next five years
    Applications - the reflection corner: Enabling every learner having access to reflections on a topic of interest, to share own reflections, and to get feedback on them.
    Reflection and perception:Reflective writing seems to be a tedious process. How can we make it more fun?The language of public reflections.
    Theory - the relation between awareness and reflection:What is worth to reflect on? There are many things we can be aware of, but which are worth to reflect on?
    Design: Design recipes, to foster reflection
    Methods: Evaluation of informal awareness and reflection systems.
    The role of feedback and skills: How important is the role of a mentor? How much guidance is needed?
    Vision building: Towards an aware and reflective learner.
  • 8. Thomas Ullmann