Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) in a Distance Learning Course on Mathematics Applied to Business

José Bidarra, João Araújo, Jul 01, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This paper examines the use of a personal learning environment (PLE) in the context of a Moodle-supported business course. While PLEs confer advantages, there needs to be an implementation strategy at the campus level as well. Otherwise the result is as follows: "PLE’s allow many students to exercise a greater control over their learning activity, but it also show that Moodle is (still) the most important component of their learning environment at Universidade Aberta. It remains the key environment for contact with teachers, to access content, to allow for individual assessment, and to reach the institution." My own take is that the PLE is best suited to a MOOC-like learning environment, but the PLE-MOOC combination has yet to be implemented in any meaningful way.

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