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1 PhD Journey Started: January 2012 End: December 2015?

2 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

3 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

4 “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).

5 My PLE Encompasses Personal Learning Network Online and offline resources Software and online tools Computer for access and storage

6 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


8 Digital Literacies 11 literacies identified by Jenkins et al. (2006) Collective intelligence Judgment Transmedia navigation Networking Negotiation Play Performance Simulation Appropriation Multitasking Disruptive cognition

9 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

10 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)

11 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)

12 Participants Individuals identified through employers and industry organisations Insurance, policing, security management, investigations CPD for voluntary designations, promotional exams, licensing/membership requirements

13 Next 6 Months Lit Review Pilot Study Increase hours without interruptions Complete research modules Schedule APG

14 References Attwell, G. (2007). Personal learning environments: The future of eLearning? learningpapers. Retrieved from,5,5 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 content/uploads/2010/07/ple2010_submission_45.pdf 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.

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