Institutional PLEs. Paradise or Paradox?
Davis, Hugh and White, Su (2011) Institutional PLEs. Paradise or Paradox? p. 1. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
has recently triggered considerable debate amongst those concerned with implementing learning and teaching technologies within higher education, For some the argument lies in the fundamental (linguistic) paradox of claiming that the institutional can be personal. Others would derive from this a pedagogic perspective and argue that reliance and use of any institutional initiative and infrastructure would necessarily sabotage and undermine personal autonomy. Reliance on an institutional infrastructure would therefore detract from the inherent levers for independent learning which are cultivated by individually assembling and thus creating a personal learning environment. However, there is clear evidence of institutions attempting to build environments that will provide their students with some of the benefits of Personal Learning Environments.
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