Why we must continue exploring Personal Learning Environments
Abstract: In order to untangle the learning process in the digital age, it is necessary to develop a deep understanding of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). The recognition of the socio-material nature of PLEs implies radical changes in the current understanding of educational ecology that suggest not only a different perspective about how we see ourselves—as learners and agents of our learning—but how we could learn and how we must teach. Research about PLEs has revealed them to be a central idea of the pedagogy of the abundance, but one that does not limit personalization to the use of data to predict or enable learning trajectories. Also, the research exposes that the development of the PLE concerns not only digital competencies but the empowerment of people to enact the learning competencies critically, to be an engaged learner in the digital era. In this session, we will explore PLEs in a critical but hopeful and pragmatic way. We will look at PLEs as the thought epicenter of the constellation of relationships that constitute not only the individual learning processes but the social learning processes, the new frontiers for teaching proposals, and the next boundaries in the construction of the citizenship.
QualificationsLinda Castañeda holds a Ph.D. in educational technology and is an associate professor in educational technology at the Faculty of Education, and member of the Group of Research in Educational Technology (GITE) of the University of Murcia, in Spain. Thanks to her educational background in pedagogy, she has a strong interest in making EdTech research more pedagogical. A participant in national and international research projects on the implementation and impact of technology in both formal and non-formal learning contexts, Linda has closely collaborated with different research institutions in Europe and abroad and continues to work with institutional initiatives as an advisor. She is an editorial board member of various international academic journals, has published papers and book chapters in both Spanish and English, and is a member of the Association EDUTEC, NOVADORS, and the PLEConf Community. Linda’s current research portfolio includes critical perspectives on educational technology, competencies for the digital era (definition and development), teachers’ professional development, emergent pedagogies, and Personal Learning Environments.
Presider: Koen DePryck, Institute of Knowledge Management & Vrije Universiteit Brussel