Personal Learning Environments, Self Directed Learning and Context

Graham Attwell from Pontydysgu, UK, has just published a post titled “Personal Learning Environments, Self Directed Learning and Context“. This is what Graham has to say about PLEs and “people not enrolled on formal educational programmes”…

…At a development level, there is little point in trying to develop a new PLE to replace the VLE. Instead we need to provide flexible tools which can enhance existing technologies and learning provision, be it formal courses and curricula or informal learning in the workplace or in the community. It can be argued that whilst most educational technology development has focused on supporting learners already engaged in educational programmes and institutions, the major potential of technology and particularly of Personal Learning Environments is for the majority of people not enrolled on formal educational programmes. Not all workplaces or for that matter communities offer a rich environment or learning. Yet there is vast untapped potential in such environments, particularly for the development and sharing of the tacit knowledge and work process knowledge required in many tasks and occupations. PLE tools can help people learning in formal and informal contexts, scaffold their learning and develop a personal learning knowledge base or portfolio…

Read the full post on the Pontydysgu Weblog.

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