Developing a reference model to describe the personal learning environment

Colin D. Milligan*, Phillip Beauvoir, Mark W. Johnson, Paul Sharples, Scott Wilson, Oleg Liber

*Corresponding author for this work

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How can we ensure that our educational systems evolve to better serve the needs of learners? This paper reports on initial work to create a Reference Model for a Personal Learning Environment, where the emphasis is on facilitating learning, in contrast to traditional Virtual Learning Environments which exist primarily to manage the learning process. This paper describes the rationale underlying the Personal Learning Environment concept and the advantages gained by specifying a reference model to define the PLE domain, before presenting a summary of the reference model itself.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Approaches for Learning and Knowledge Sharing: First European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2006: Proceedings
EditorsWolfgang Nejdl, Klaus Tochtermann
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783540462347
ISBN (Print)9783540457770
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventFirst European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - Crete, Greece
Duration: 1 Oct 20064 Oct 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceFirst European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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