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Innovative Approaches for Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Volume 4227 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 506-511

Developing a Reference Model to Describe the Personal Learning Environment

  • Colin D. MilliganAffiliated withLearning Services, University of Strathclyde
  • , Phillip BeauvoirAffiliated withLearning Support & Development, University of Bolton
  • , Mark W. JohnsonAffiliated withLearning Support & Development, University of Bolton
  • , Paul SharplesAffiliated withLearning Support & Development, University of Bolton
  • , Scott WilsonAffiliated withLearning Support & Development, University of Bolton
  • , Oleg LiberAffiliated withLearning Support & Development, University of Bolton

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Abstract

How can we ensure that our educational systems evolve to better serve the needs of learners? This paper reports on initial work to create a Reference Model for a Personal Learning Environment, where the emphasis is on facilitating learning, in contrast to traditional Virtual Learning Environments which exist primarily to manage the learning process. This paper describes the rationale underlying the Personal Learning Environment concept and the advantages gained by specifying a reference model to define the PLE domain, before presenting a summary of the reference model itself.