Issues in Research, Design, and Development of Personal Learning Environments

Trey Martindale, Michael Dowdy, Emergence, Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations, Jun 06, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I like this paper and it speaks to a lot of the ideas and issues surrounding the concept of the personal learning environment (PLE) but many of the references are from 2006, illustrating the mire in which the concept has become embedded. The cause of that mire, though, is usefully described in the last section of the paper: "the LMS has become a dominant feature of formal learning environments, and it is a large and lucrative market.... One of the key issues will be determining where PLEs fit in terms of relationship with the LMS. Is it an augmentation, a competitor, a replacement, or something else?" My own experience is that despite the benefits to students and employers, people in the business of education technology aren't interested in the PLE. But yeah, that will change. You can read the whole book Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications, edited by George Veletsianos, for free on the Athabasca University site.

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