Rich and personal revisited: translating ambitions for an institutional personal learning environment into a reality
White, Su and Davis, Hugh (2011) Rich and personal revisited: translating ambitions for an institutional personal learning environment into a reality. pp. 1-12. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
Is it possible to create an institutional personal learning environment? This question has triggered considerable debate amongst those concerned with implementing learning and teaching technologies within higher education, Rapid technological change is necessarily accompanied by matched evolution of individual practice amongst users. At universities, students arrive with a mix of sophisticated and naïve approaches to using technology in everyday life which can be shaped and harnessed to support learning. To respond to the changing capabilities and demands of available technology, the University of Southampton designed and is implementing a rich holistic learning environment radically different from the VLEs which gained widespread usage since the late 1990s. In the initial scoping of the environment, explanations of the proposed system were qualified: “its more than a system, it’s a mind-set”.
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