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Creating a Personalised Learning Environment to support progress (398)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013, 11:55am – 12:55pm
Located in Conference Suite 3B/C
In theme Making innovation work

Jago Brown Stanmore College, GB Communication between the learner, their parents, tutors, teachers and other supporting staff is critical to supporting a student’s progress. In schools & colleges this is never easy to achieve particularly where face to face communication...... Read More

Jago Brown
Stanmore College, GB

Communication between the learner, their parents, tutors, teachers and other supporting staff is critical to supporting a student's progress. In schools & colleges this is never easy to achieve particularly where face to face communication is constrained by time & geography (money). The name given to the place online, to support asynchronous online communication is evolving from the idea of Personal Learning Plans (PLP), to the concept of a Personalised Learning Environment (PLE). As an organisation we are actively working to develop this PLE to improve communication & the quality of personalised advice given to the student so they have a further opportunity to understand their own learning, allowing them to become partners in their (lifelong) learning, rather than have ‘Learning done to them’

Another objective is that this PLE is low cost, sustainable & customisable. To this end a major part in developing this PLE, is the integration of existing systems & services into an understandable user interface. Our PLE integrates specific parts: Moodle 2, ULCC’s ILP, EPACE, progression advice services & other systems. As a ‘feasibility study’ what we have developed so far is evidence that this can be achieved, but it also helps others see how future releases of Moodle & other VLEs might integrate this kind of PLE by default, & better support learner progress & outcomes. A further objective is that what is presented contributes towards the common set of expectations in learners, parents & educators regarding what a PLE is, does, and should include.

The learner, tutor & lecturers access this PLE as web pages within Moodle. In future, a condensed version of the PLE should also accessible via the VLEs Mobile App. The PLE home page includes data on attendance, previous attainment & provides an overview & links to access ALL current assignment grades/feedback. Previously only subject lectures could readily access a particular student’s assignments via their VLE course. It is the pulling together of all useful information from different sources , into these PLE pages, without presenting too much detail, & making it accessible to all necessary people, that will continue to prove the challenge. However, having pulled data from different sources into this PLE, we might expect an increase in demand for intelligent feedback & suggestion engines.

After the home page the PLE broadly divides between pages which are concerned with (1) academic subject feedback & targets, (2) life skills & a general log of other issues, (3) the learners own learning abilities (4) the learners future. New entries can be recorded on all these pages, other media attached & deadlines set. Others then have the facility to comment on these entries. These type of pages are often dry & de-motivating to view and interact with, which is why we are meeting the challenge to make them more visually appealing, & incorporating the results of the EPACE online assessment.

Early quantitative & qualitative evidence of the impact on users will be presented. Then looking ahead, how systems which motivate learners, like openbadges, are included, & the PLE links to the learner’s e-portfolios will be looked at briefly.

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