Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Toward a Personal Learning Environment Framework

The paper "Toward a Personal Learning Environment Framework" was selected as the best article from the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE) for the 2010 volume year. More important, the paper is now free and can be downloaded here.


Over the past decade, it has been argued that technology-enhanced learning (TEL) could respond to the needs of the new knowledge society and transform learning. However, despite isolated achievements, TEL has not succeeded in revolutionizing education and learning processes. Most current TEL initiatives still take a centralized technology-push approach in which learning content is pushed to a predefined group of learners in closed environments. A fundamental shift toward a more open and learner-pull model for learning is needed. Recently, the Personal Learning Environment (PLE) concept has emerged to open new doors for more effective learning and overcome many of the limitations of traditional TEL models. In this paper, the authors present theoretical, design, implementation, and evaluation details of PLEF, a framework for mashup personal learning environments. The primary aim of PLEF is to help learners create custom learning mashups using a wide variety of digital media and data.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CfP Mobile Learning Workshop at DeLFI 2011

The CfP for the Mobile Learning workshop which will be held in conjunction with DeLFI 2011 on 5 September 2011 in Dresden, Germany is now available here. More information about the workshop can be found here.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

PLE Videos

Our students in the eLearning course have created great videos on how they do see their Personal Learning Environments. Below are some examples. Other videos can be found on YouTube tagged with rwth_elearn11.