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The World of Widgets - An Important Step towards a Personalised Learning Environment

The learning environment of the future must be more individualised and personalised - for years this is one of the international demands in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and teaching. Since fall 2010 Graz University of Technology provides a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) based on mashup of widgets connecting various web applications. The publication aims to give a first demonstration of the way these PLE widgets can be converted to run on all commondesktop Operating Systems (OS) to increase the range for individualisation of learning activities. After a short introduction we present an overview about the possibilities of the PLE-converter, discuss the working prototype and conclude withan answer to the question of an online framework for the widgets as well as desktopvariants for usual operating systems.
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mcgarcia's comment, July 25, 2011 5:55 PM
Hello Paul,
Widgets are going to play a key role in "instantiating" the future PLE. They need to allow users both to connect tand share the knowledge.
This is what I explain in this Mahara's view:
http://mahara.org/view/view.php?id=38340
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Knowledge development and Personal Learning Environments

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The Mature project has always interested me in its approach to Personal Learning Environments. Whilst most projects based on PLEs have looked at learning within schools and univeristies, Mature looks at knowledge maturing processes in work.
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Ricardo Torres K

The more you share, the more you learn, and the more you realise what you don't know. It's great to have a good network! #plntweet#PLE_SOU
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The personal web

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With the Southampton PLE Conference #PLE_SOU at full throttle, I thought it would be a good time to reiterate my views on the personal web. Personal Web Tools (PWTs) are thought by some to be synonymous with PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) but the two should not be confused. The authors of the Horizon Report (I cannot recommend the Horizon Report series highly enough) succinctly define the personal web as"a term coined to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it". The report goes on to define personal webs as self created, and consisting of online tools that suit each individual's unique preferences, styles and needs. Sound like a PLE? Almost, but not quite.
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Evolution of the construction of Personal Learning Environments for students of pedagogy

In this paper, we describe a study that aims to get to know students’ PLE construction process, before and after taking a first semester course in the final year of Pedagogy related with the use of ICTs in education, in order to observe their evolution and whether they incorporate changes by using applications different to the ones offered by the institution.
This study is part of wider research into the incorporation of the institutional Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in new environments (social networks, e-portfolio…).
The results presented were obtained by conducting two semi-structured interviews, one before taking the subject and the other on finishing the semester.
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PLEs for Contemplation and Awareness: An Architectural Approach

This paper analyses how a PLE should address and support the two dimensions of learning, reflective and active, linking them with the core functions of reflection and connection. This paper introduces the theoretical model of the Artefact-Actor-Networks (AAN) as the Solomonic solution that can best balance reflection and networking. This paper also describes the main characteristics of an architectural approach based on the AAN model.
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Competences Mapping for Personal Learning Environment Management

For the successful organization and management of their own learning, the students have to meet several requirements related to the appropriate combination of adequate knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competences. A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) project that we started two years ago at Technical University of Sofia and RWTH Aachen University has shown that students do not possess all needed competences for self-organization, self-learning and self-cognition that would impact the effectiveness of their learning. The aims of this paper are to explore the students’ competences profiles and their capabilities for behavior activities to organize and plan learning according to a given learning situation and to examine the functionality of a PLE to facilitate the achievement of missing competences. A competences model for personal and professional development is created after a literature review of key competences for engineers and lifelong learners and after gathering the students’ opinion through several surveys. This competences model is refined and a solution how the tools of a PLE can be used in support of it is proposed.
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My Personal Learning Environment (PLE) and the OU's VLE

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Starting from the different digital tools I’m using, I created a mindmap of my own Personal Learning Environment (PLE). I tried out different designs, but found that a separation of ‘target groups’ or ‘motivations’ wasn’t helpful. Some of the tools can be nicely classified, but others I use interchangeably for learning, work and leisure, such as Google Reader, Diigo, Calibre and Twitter, adhering to the concepts of ‘lifelong’ and ‘lifewide’ learning.
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Theory and Practice of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs):A prototype evaluation

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Graham Attwell

The idea of openness comes from the web- not from the academy #PLE_SOU
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The Madhouse of Ideas: stories about networking and learning with Twitter

This paper aims to analyse the meanings of the stories submitted to the project throughthe concepts of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), as both notions seem to be present, and often intertwine, in the collected narratives.
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The Social Workshop as PLE: Lessons from Hacklabs

Hacklabs and Hackerspaces are a global, transnational, perhaps social-movement in which people come together and pool resources to create workshops and labs in which they pursue their own interests in science and technology. These 'social workshops' have both a physical and internet locations through which the members collaborate.
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