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ERIC Number: ED574609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Personal Learning Environments in Higher Education Language Courses: An Informal and Learner-Centred Approach
Laakkonen, Ilona
The chapter discusses the potential of personal learning environments (PLE) based on Web 2.0 applications for language courses in higher education (HE). This novel approach to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education involves learners in the design of learning environments, tools and processes. The chapter begins with an introduction to the concept of PLEs and identifies drivers behind its increasing popularity. It discusses the multiple ways in which the concept has been understood and applied, and demonstrates the manner in which its principles resonate with developments in the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). The chapter will present the F-SHAPE project. This is a project which is being carried out in the University of Jyväskylä Language Centre and which investigates the integration of elements of the PLE concept into higher education language courses through cooperation with researchers, teachers, administrators and students. The application of a highly constructivist and learner-centred approach in the context of formal education is not without problems. Opportunities and challenges that will manifest themselves through this approach will be considered from the perspective of pedagogy, technology, students, and teachers. [For the complete volume, "Second Language Teaching and Learning with Technology: Views of Emergent Researchers," see ED574599.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland