Using Learning Platforms to Support Communication and Effective Learning

Using Learning Platforms to Support Communication and Effective Learning

Johanna M. Armitage (London Borough of Hounslow, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2467-2.ch009


This paper describes the development of resources for a unit of work for the English National Diploma in Information Technology. These on-line resources are designed to support a personalised learning environment that maximises opportunities for students to achieve greater control of their own learning and progression. The resources are designed to promote metacognition, with the intention of encouraging students to think about how they learn and how they can progress most effectively. The resources were developed to explore ways forward in developing personalised learning environments and implications for research on wider implementation across all National Diplomas.
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Planning For Personalised On-Line Learning

Many students are not confident learners, particularly those with learning difficulties, which can affect motivation as described by Ireson, Hallam and Lewis (2001, p. 213). This must be addressed, like any other learning difficulty, with appropriate pedagogic practice. Claxton (2002, p. 41) supports this view by suggesting that good learners have the resilience to “lock-on to learning, to pay attention to what is going on around them in a number of ways … (they) use a varied toolkit of learning methods and attitudes to make them resourceful.”

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