This study unit has introduced the concept and practical implementation of a Personal Learning Environment (PLE). It described a PLE in the context of the ROLE project.
In effect a PLE can facilitate the individual or collaborative study of user-chosen types or blends of different types of material from a variety of sources using so-called widgets or gadgets. These materials can also include access to Open Educational Resources (OER). In other words using open tools (the gadget or widget) to access open content (OER).
It is important to understand that tailoring a PLE is often enabled by these micro-applications called widgets, which allow users or learners to create an access point to their chosen set of distributed and diverse resources. This scenario can often takes place in order to carry out a particular task that may be related to a learning need.
Responsive Open Learning Environments (ROLE)
The ROLE project, therefore, is developing the infrastructure for the deployment of PLEs in a variety of case studies servicing a series of different learning scenarios. One of the main challenges of this initiative is supporting the learner in building an individual PLE, and by helping them to choose the most relevant resources that suit best the user or learner's compentences and learning goals.
Further details about this work can be found on the ROLE website. If you want to learn more about the latest learning tools developed by ROLE and try them out, visit the ROLE widget store and the ROLE showcase platform.