Why a PLE Conference?
Higher education is being challenged on many fronts. Technologies are changing, students are changing, industry and research demands are changing. We adopt mobile learning strategies, new Learning Management Systems, new learning theories and new cloud technologies, but all of it with the aim of providing students with a flexible, relevant and personalized learning experience.
One method of achieving this, while maintaining room for growth and flexibility, is to facilitate students and staff in the adoption of a personal learning environment. A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) includes the tools, communities, and services that constitute individual educational platforms that learners use to direct their own learning and pursue their educational goals. This represents a shift towards a model of learning, where students draw connections from a growing matrix of online and offline resources that they select and organise. Some of these technologies can be institutional, like the LMS, portfolios and library resources, others may live in the cloud. Some of these communities can be institutional in the form of classes or tutorial groups, others can be external.
The PLE Conference is dedicated to research that examines the concepts of personal learning environments, what role they play in formal and informal learning and how higher education institutions can leverage the power of PLEs.