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What is Personal Learning Environment (PLE)

Handbook of Research on Learning Design and Learning Objects: Issues, Applications, and Technologies
A system which enables the user to manage all their learning activities (which may be carried out in various organizations). The system focuses on coordinating connections between the user and a wide range of services offered by organizations and other individuals.
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Opportunities, Achievements, and Prospects for Use of IMS LD
David Griffiths (The University of Bolton, UK) and Oleg Liber (The University of Bolton, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-861-1.ch004
The IMS LD specification is internally complex and has been used in a number of different ways. As a result users who have a basic understanding of the role of the specification in interoperability may nevertheless find it difficult to get an overview of the potential of the specification, or to assess what has been achieved through its use. This chapter seeks to make the task simpler by articulating the modes of use of the specification and analysing the work carried out in each. The IMS LD specification is briefly introduced. Four aspects of the IMS Learning Design specification are identified and described: modeling language, interoperability specification, modeling and methodology, and infrastructure. The different opportunities provided by each mode of use are explored and the achievements of work so far carried out are assessed. A number of valuable contributions are identified, but the practical and widespread use of the specification to exchange learning activities has not so far been achieved. The changing technological and organisational environment in which IMS LD operates is discussed, and its implications are explored. Conclusions are offered which summarise achievements with IMS LD to date, with comments on prospects for the future.
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VLE Meets VW
A combination of personal academic tools, services and communities that a learner makes use of. Electronic personal learning spaces are traditionally made up of two components, namely, a personal learning network and a personal learning portfolio.
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Inquiry-Based Learning on the Cloud
A personal learning environment is a facility for an individual to access, aggregate, configure and manipulate digital artefacts of their ongoing learning experiences.
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Educational Podcasting: A Taxonomy of Pedagogical Applications
A system, application, or suite of applications that assists learners in taking control of and managing their own learning. It represents an alternative approach to the Learning Management System (LMS), which by contrast adopts an institution-centric or course-centric view of learning. Key PLE concepts include the blending of formal and informal learning, participation in social networks that transcend institutional boundaries, as well as the use of a range of networking protocols (RSS, peer-to-peer [P2P], Web services) to connect systems, resources, and users within a personally managed space.
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Cloud-Based Learning: Personalised Learning in the Cloud
A VLE that puts the learner in the centre. The PLE concept places the focus on the appropriation of different tools and resources by the learner, whereby the learner is situated within a social context which influences the way in which they use media, participate in activities and engage in communities.
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Developing Appreciative College Experience with Personal Learning Networks
An electronic environment developed by individuals to make use of Web and mobile technologies to organize online various learning/knowledge assets, services, and activities for the convenience of learning and transfer among people in the form of learning communities. PLEs are also referred to as PLNs sometimes.
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Innovative Learning Approach in the 21st Century: Personal Learning Environments
It is a collection of web tools that allow learners to use collaborative processes to manage learning processes, store resources and share with others.
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Context-Aware Cloud Computing for Personal Learning Environment
PLE provides the learner with a wide variety of services and hands over control to the learner to select, use, and mash up the services the way one deems fit. In this research, PLE is defined as a system that has the ability to filter e-resources and predict user preferences based on user context.
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Personal Learning Environments for Language Learning
Although there is not to date a fully agreed-upon definition of this term, in this context it refers both to the set of web-based tools that are used to aggregate content and produce content on the Web as well as to the personal experiences and processes that lead to learning. An individual has control over the tools and contents of his/her PLE, which is not limited to a given course or learning context (e.g. school or university) but may continue to grow and change throughout the learner’s life.
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