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The personalisation of a learning environment: student-led connections online and offline

The personalisation of a learning environment: student-led connections online and offline
The personalisation of a learning environment: student-led connections online and offline
Rapidly evolving technological change is necessarily accompanied by matched evolution of individual practice amongst users. In a connected world, the users are universal, and students entering universities may arrive with a mix of sophisticated and naïve approaches to using technology to support their learning. The University of Southampton has designed and is implementing a holistic learning environment radically different from the VLEs which have gained widespread usage since the late 1990s. Whist working with colleagues across the university we based our planning framework on the concept of a ‘rich learning environment’. In the process of transforming our aspirations into reality it was necessary to embody requirements and ambitions which matched our educational, organisational and technological requirements. At the same time it was essential that any system, fit for the twenty-first century was able to meet and exceed students expectations: it soon became clear that such a learning environment is "more than a system, it’s a mindset". This presentation considers the foundations and emergence of personal learning environments and considers the interplay of ambitions and requirements needed to support personal learning in a university context. It goes on to make a case for the creation of a seemingly paradoxical embodiment – an “Institutional Personal Learning Environment (iPLE). The argument is located in the context of emerging understandings of the role and challenges to universities today of ‘digital literacies’ or more precisely the role and challenges of ‘scholarly literacies in a digital age’.
personal learning environments, rich learning environments, learning 2.0, digital literacies, higher education
Davis, Hugh
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White, Su
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Davis, Hugh
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White, Su
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(2011) The personalisation of a learning environment: student-led connections online and offline. HEA Enhancement Academy Team Leaders Meeting in May 201. 25 - 26 May 2011. (In Press)

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Abstract

Rapidly evolving technological change is necessarily accompanied by matched evolution of individual practice amongst users. In a connected world, the users are universal, and students entering universities may arrive with a mix of sophisticated and naïve approaches to using technology to support their learning. The University of Southampton has designed and is implementing a holistic learning environment radically different from the VLEs which have gained widespread usage since the late 1990s. Whist working with colleagues across the university we based our planning framework on the concept of a ‘rich learning environment’. In the process of transforming our aspirations into reality it was necessary to embody requirements and ambitions which matched our educational, organisational and technological requirements. At the same time it was essential that any system, fit for the twenty-first century was able to meet and exceed students expectations: it soon became clear that such a learning environment is "more than a system, it’s a mindset". This presentation considers the foundations and emergence of personal learning environments and considers the interplay of ambitions and requirements needed to support personal learning in a university context. It goes on to make a case for the creation of a seemingly paradoxical embodiment – an “Institutional Personal Learning Environment (iPLE). The argument is located in the context of emerging understandings of the role and challenges to universities today of ‘digital literacies’ or more precisely the role and challenges of ‘scholarly literacies in a digital age’.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 May 2011
Additional Information: Invited Talk Event Dates: 25-26 May 2011
Venue - Dates: HEA Enhancement Academy Team Leaders Meeting in May 201, 2011-05-25 - 2011-05-26
Keywords: personal learning environments, rich learning environments, learning 2.0, digital literacies, higher education
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 272349
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272349
PURE UUID: e75ff874-9f58-40a4-a7bd-fd2f13281fd3
ORCID for Hugh Davis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1182-1459
ORCID for Su White: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9588-5275

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Date deposited: 27 May 2011 12:14
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:16

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