Personal Learning Environments

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Discussion of some of the principles of the personal learning environment with a look at my own gRSShopper software as well as the Connectivism online course.

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  • 1. Personal Learning Environments Stephen DownesSeptember 25, 2008

2. What is my personal learning environment? 3. A place to store (and share) my photos 4. A place to store (and share) my videos 5. A place to write an essay with my colleague in Montreal 6. A way to stay up to date - right up to date 7. A way to save on phone calls 8. Knowing where Im staying before I get there 9. An Easy Way To Draw Pictures 10. What do personal learning environments mean for learners? 11. A world of free learning resources Dont like the word free? Deal with it 12. Three Views of Learning Resources: 13. 1. Learning Resources as a thingBook, content object, etc 14. 2. Learning Resources as eventsClass, lecture, seminar, meeting 15. The first two models are information-theoretic and medium-based models They stress content They stress rules 16. 3. Learning Resources as flow Stresses experience Stresses pattern recognition 17. What does this look like? 18. User generated ContentPersonal, opinionated 19. Network of interactions 20. Immersive Learning 21. New Roles For students - as creators of learning For teachers - as coaches and mentors For the rest of us - as teachers 22. Web of user-generated content (eg. Wikipedia) 23. Learning as a network phenomenon 24. Issues: Too much information, filtering info Too many sources to scan, new sources Localization, personalization, relevance 25. Response: Network Semantics 26. Social networks and communities (entails a genuinely portable (and owned) identity 27. Networks of interactions (aggregate, remix, repurpose, feed forward) syndication An ecology 28. The personal learning centreAutonomy 29. The Network is Diverse multiple views, multiple technologies 30. The Network is connected and interactive (not integrated) small pieces, loosely joined 31. The Network is open 32. What are the key technologies? 33. Web 2.0 - Core Technologies Tools for worldmaking 34. Social Networking 35. Tagging 36. Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) Jesse James Garrett in February 2005. 37. Representational State Transfer (REST) - principles that outline how resources are defined and addressed - looser sense: domain-specific data over HTTP 38. Application Program Interface (API) andMash-Ups 39. Javascript Object Notation (JSON) 40. OpenID 41. Thanks!