Institutional PLEs. Paradise or paradox?

Davis, Hugh and White, Su (2011) Institutional PLEs. Paradise or paradox? In, Second International PLE Conference: PLE_SOU, Southampton, GB, 11 - 13 Jul 2011. 1pp.


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Is it possible to create an institutional personal learning environment? This question has recently triggered considerable debate amongst those concerned with implementing learning and teaching technologies within higher education, For some the argument lies in the fundamental (linguistic) paradox of claiming that the institutional can be personal. Others would derive from this a pedagogic perspective and argue that reliance and use of any institutional initiative and infrastructure would necessarily sabotage and undermine personal autonomy. Reliance on an institutional infrastructure would therefore detract from the inherent levers for independent learning which are cultivated by individually assembling and thus creating a personal learning environment. However, there is clear evidence of institutions attempting to build environments that will provide their students with some of the benefits of Personal Learning Environments. From a technological viewpoint one can argue that a technology provided for the individual by an institutional could never be personal. The institution has already decided upon the technical framework and thus may have removed or severely constrained the learner’s choice – for example in platform, software and mode of interaction. This symposium will encourage open discussion and debate around the technical feasibility and pedagogic suitability of Institutional PLEs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Keywords: ple, personal learning environments
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 272633
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2011Published
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2011 15:25
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:21
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