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Pages: 1644-1653
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain


In the last years, besides traditional curriculum-based learning with learning management systems (LMS), self-directed learning (SRL) came in the focus of Technology Enhanced Learning. Multiple desktop, web-based and mobile learning applications, as well as infrastructures to apply these tools have been analyzed and evaluated in terms of how they can support SRL. The concept of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) support SRL by allowing learners to select learning tools, resources and services according to their learning background, goals, and preferences.

Evaluations of the EU project ROLE showed that workplace-learning provider stated, on the one hand, to want to support SRL, but, on the other hand, to need the full control of learning tools and resources. Moreover, such organizations do not want to replace their existing LMS with PLE systems. Further evaluations pointed out that for introducing SRL in organizations it is needed to develop SRL-competencies by the employees and guide them strongly at the beginning.

Thus, there is a need for a solution providing PLE features and technical assistance directly in a learning environment to support SRL and to assist inexperienced learners in adoption of the new technology.

This document describes a prototype of such a system, called Personal Learning Management System (PLMS). It provides sample usage scenarios explaining the usage of various learning technologies in combination, an evaluation of this, and planned next steps. For example, in context of work-place training, the users may obtain learning content provided in a LMS, select and use additional tools, and gather additional resources from external sources. Furthermore, usage of mobile devices allowing access to the PLMS independent from time and place circumstances increases flexibility of learning activities.

The internal tools and resources can be preselected by an admin or instructor who can choose from an application store for learning tools containing currently only widget based tools. Learners have also access to this store and can suggest adding additional tools to the PLMS.

Instructors and expert learners can use the store to facilitate tools and resources and to provide guidance with information on how to use the tools and resources together with the PLMS. The facilitating and usage should support the development of SRL-competencies by the learners, thus, increasing the responsibility of learners for the own learning progress and results.

This scenario addresses both learners aiming to extend their learning experience by using additional resources and trainers (but also supervisors and personnel managers) aiming to provide learners with pre-defined tools and content that is obligatory to use. The combination of curriculum-based and self-regulated learning makes learning processes more user-centered, personalized, and, thus, more motivating and efficient. At the same time, this approach does not exclude usage of classical eLearning with LMS making learning activities corresponding to both organizational goals and personal learning goals of a user.
author = {Dikke, D. and Dahrendorf, D. and Mueller, N.},
series = {4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN12 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-695-3491-5},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {2-4 July, 2012},
year = {2012},
pages = {1644-1653}}
AU - D. Dikke AU - D. Dahrendorf AU - N. Mueller
SN - 978-84-695-3491-5/2340-1117
PY - 2012
Y1 - 2-4 July, 2012
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN12 Proceedings
SP - 1644
EP - 1653
ER -
D. Dikke, D. Dahrendorf, N. Mueller (2012) TOWARDS SELF-REGULATED WORK-PLACE LEARNING, EDULEARN12 Proceedings, pp. 1644-1653.