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From personal to social: learning environments that work

Author(s): Mar Camacho | Sònia Guilana

Journal: Digital Education Review
ISSN 2013-9144

Issue: 20;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Personal Learning Environments | social lerning | Informal learning | Higher Education | Secondary Educatio

VLE (Virtual Learning Environments) are rapidly falling short to meet the demandsof a networked society. Web 2.0 and social networks are proving to offer a morepersonalized, open environment for students to learn formally as they are alreadydoing informally. With the irruption of social media into society, and therefore,education, many voices claimed for he need of new models that demonstrate thetransferability and scalabilty of e-learning. Salmon (2005), Sclater (2008), Atwell(2007) and others coincide in the relevance of PLEs as being useful or indeedcentral to learning as well as their potential for knowledge development andsharing. However, how can we, as teachers, enhance the digital skills of our students topromote a more effective, meaningful learning? This article aims to provide somedata regarding the strategies for a successful implementation of the use of PLE’swith students and to share, at the same time, some examples and evidences ofPLE constructions which can be of help both in Higher Education and SecondaryEducation levels.
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