Flexible Personal Learning Environments, developed with netbook computers, to enhance learning in fieldwork learning spaces.
Whalley, W Brian and France, Derek and Park, Julian R. and Welsh, Katharine and Favis-Mortlock, David (2011) Flexible Personal Learning Environments, developed with netbook computers, to enhance learning in fieldwork learning spaces. pp. 1-13. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
In this paper we describe our rationale for bringing Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) into fieldwork. We also report on some of our experiences in helping students to develop their individual PLEs, merged, as necessary, in Group Learning environments (GLEs). around fieldwork projects in geography, earth and environmental and Biosciences. This development also introduces students to a ‘personal knowledge system’, which brings together information acquisition, recording, storage, transfer and dissemination. The fieldwork may be in remote rural, urban areas, laboratories or at home but is based around developing ‘emergent’ practices; problem-based projects designed to develop academic, transferable and employability skills. We report on some of the technologies that we have found to be effective as well as the associated pedagogical principles and practicalities. .
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