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Title: Building Web 2.0-based personal learning environments - a conceptual framework.
Authors: Torres Kompen, Ricardo
Edirisingha, Palitha
Mobbs, Richard
First Published: Oct-2008
Citation: Short paper presented at the EDEN conference, October 2008.
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to suggest approaches and guidelines for using Web 2.0 tools and services for developing personal learning environments (PLEs) to manage formal and informal learning leading towards a lifelong learning path. This paper considers a PLE not as a particular site or tool that contains all the applications and provides access to users, but rather a framework for incorporating Web 2.0 tools and services chosen by the learner for collecting and processing information, connecting people and creating knowledge. The concept of PLEs and their advantages for learning are based on the often unquestioned belief that NetGen learners are familiar with Web 2.0 tools and they know how to use them for learning. Recent studies however question this popular wisdom. These technologies have been developed outside education, and are mainly being used for informal networking, and creating and sharing media files for entertainment and recreation. This paper proposes that systematically developed frameworks and guidelines can help NetGen learners to use Web 2.0 tools for formal learning and presents four different approaches to integrate Web 2.0 tools for learning. This paper is part of on-going research investigating personal learning environments, entitled PELICANS (Personal E-Learning in Community And Networking Spaces) project based at the University of Leicester, UK and at the Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Type: Conference paper
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, Beyond Distance Research Alliance

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