Implementing Elgg in HE :: Blog :: A Shared Learning Environment?

Stan Stanier, Weblog, Jul 23, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Does the personal learning environment leed to be supplemented by a 'shared learning environment'? Stan Stanier writes, "I can't help feeling there's something missing or simply something wrong with the terminology? We cannot escape the fact that, in order to learn, we need other people. Both formal and informal learning requires human interaction." To me, it does not follow that because an environment is personal that all other people are shut out; what is it that he thinks all those links are connecting to? Anyhow, Stanier suggests, " it does strike me that there's a wider entity beyond the PLE and VLE – the idea of sharing learning – helping others in a mutually supportive community to foster learning and encourage participation – to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts – a shared learning environment." Also, Dave Tosh picks up on this post and highlights Stanier's concept diagram.
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