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Self-directed learning

Posted on 08 Sep 2011 with 0 comments
Learning environment Pedagogy Personalising learning

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Learning using technology has been fraught with controversy and debate since personal computers became widely available in the early 1980s. Apart from unfounded criticisms that the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) did not increase learning achievement, other issues such as access and equity needed to be resolved. However, common educational practice for using ICT in learning programs has become focussed on converting traditional texts to digital formats and calling these learning objects. The learning objects are centrally managed in repositories and made to conform to standards so that they can be accessed from so called learning management systems. These learning management systems are more about managing content, courses and assignments than learning, and continue to be used for educational control. However, learning is fundamentally social in nature and resides in networks argue Chatti, Agustiawan, Jarke and Specht in an award winning research article titled Toward a Personal Learning Environment Framework Chatti et al. assert that ‘traditional technology-enhanced learning (TEL) initiatives have failed’ (p. 67). They proffer that a reason for failure is that ‘management by the learner is often key to learning (p. 68) and so a core issue in learning is ‘personalization of the learning experience’ (p. 67) rather than a one-size fits-all model.

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