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ERIC Number: EJ947462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Perspectives on Personal Learning Environments Held by Vocational Students
Valtonen, Teemu; Hacklin, Stina; Dillon, Patrick; Vesisenaho, Mikko; Kukkonen, Jari; Hietanen, Aija
Computers & Education, v58 n2 p732-739 Feb 2012
This article focuses on personal learning environments (PLEs). The idea with PLEs is to put students in a more central position in the learning process by allowing them to design their own learning environments and by emphasising the self-regulated nature of the learning. This study describes the structure, functions and challenges of PLEs made by 33 students from vocational and polytechnic level schools in Eastern Finland after the first year of using them. Document and artefact analysis revealed that students built their PLEs for: mirroring the conventional learning environment; as an environment for reflection; as an environment to showcase skills; and as an environment for collaboration and networking. Student reflections indicate that building and using a PLE is a challenging task which requires specific teacher and pedagogical support. Designing a PLE demands both ICT skills and an awareness of one's own learning methods.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland