Presentation on theme: "PhD Journey Started: January 2012 End: December 2015?"— Presentation transcript:
PhD Journey Started: January 2012 End: December 2015?
Area of Study eLearning & Learning Technologies in self-directed work-based learning Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) in Continuing Professional Development To understand the digital literacies required for learners to develop their PLEs. … or not
What is a PLE? Depends who you talk to (or read) A concept or approach and/or a technology/tool Found many promoting as concept are just playing it “lip service” (Fiedler & Väljataga, 2010) Concept, but need to recognise other positions
“Personal Learning Environments are not an application but rather a new approach to the use of technologies for learning…. the argument for the use of Personal Learning environments is not technical but rather is philosophic, ethical and pedagogic” (Attwell, 2007).
My PLE Encompasses Personal Learning Network Online and offline resources Software and online tools Computer for access and storage
Literature Being Explored Work-based learning Adult learning, including informal/formal & self- directed, online Personal learning environments Situated learning o Communities of practice o Learning groups o Individual connections Critical literacies
Digital Literacies 11 literacies identified by Jenkins et al. (2006) Collective intelligence Judgment Transmedia navigation Networking Negotiation Play Performance Simulation Appropriation Multitasking Disruptive cognition
Formal or Informal? Or non-formal? Definitions vary, including whether you can distinguish between them Formal – curriculum, teacher (or other term), assessment/certification (Hager & Halliday, 2006) Informal – not formal
Informal Learning Difference between informal & non-formal not clear Four organising principles: o Context: learning that occurs outside of classroom-based formal educational settings o Cognisance: intentional/incidental learning o Experiential: practice and judgement o Relationship: learning through ‘sitting next to Nellie’, mentoring, team working (Lee et al., 2004)
Proposed Study Identify how PLEs are being used Understand the critical literacies/skills developed by the participants, and when Questionnaire and semi-structured interviews Value creation stories Mixed Methods (quantitative & qualitative)
Participants Individuals identified through employers and industry organisations Insurance, policing, security management, investigations CPD for voluntary designations, promotional exams, licensing/membership requirements
Next 6 Months Lit Review Pilot Study Increase hours without interruptions Complete research modules Schedule APG
References Attwell, G. (2007). Personal learning environments: The future of eLearning? learningpapers. Retrieved from http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:xilNS9aArk4J:scholar.googl e.com/&hl=en&num=30&as_sdt=0,5 http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:xilNS9aArk4J:scholar.googl e.com/&hl=en&num=30&as_sdt=0,5 Lee, T., Fuller, A., Ashton, D., Butler, P., Felstead, A., Unwin, L., & Walters, S. (2004). Workplace learning: Main themes & perspectives. Learning as Work Research Paper(2). Fiedler, S., & Väljataga, T. (2010). Personal learning environments: concept or technology? Paper presented at the PLE Conference 2010, Barcelona. Retrieved from http://pleconference.citilab.eu/wp- content/uploads/2010/07/ple2010_submission_45.pdfhttp://pleconference.citilab.eu/wp- content/uploads/2010/07/ple2010_submission_45.pdf Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robison, A. J., & Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st Century. White paper for the MacArthur Foundation.