Using learning environments as a metaphor for educational change

Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, Sept 24, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good paper that looks in detail at several types of reasons a PLE (Personal Learning Environment) type application may be more appropriate than the traditional LMS. Noting that the LMS replicates features that are bundled in a classroom environment, he suggests that online environments may benefit from a disaggregation of components. these reasons are found in pedagogies, personalization, changing demands, and more. These are represented in the SocialLearn project, in which "learners have a central profile where they list their learning goals, contacts, resources, and tools [and where] the system uses an open API (Application Program Interface), so any third party application can write to it. In essence this allows any application to become a learning tool."
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