Charity begins at home. Though not in the literal sense in this essay, the saying states that any person has to map out his/her common ground before venturing into the unknown. It is in this context that personal learning environment is derived. By simply having every blueprint of the inner self, there is no limit to what can be achieved.
Personal learning environment has been defined as the necessary educational tools and services that enable any person to pursue higher educational goals by providing the necessary educational stage. Contrary to other systems of learning such as the virtual learning environment and learning management system which is on an institutional platform, personal learning environment focuses on the learner. The term was introduced by the Joint information system committee center for educational technology interoperability standards in a conference back in 2004 describing the personal tools and services that can help a learner on the rudimentary level of learning (Martindale & Downdy, 2009).
On a further note, PLE can be described as some online tools that guide a learner through the process of collection, creation, and organization of information to a more meaningful form. By doing so, the learner is able to understand and interpret the content in his/her own terms making the learning process easy. That stated the fundamental cannons in personalized learning environment include: enabling the learners to determine and set their own reasonable goals, enabling the learners to control their learning by the management of the content they receive, and finally enable communication between the learners. All these create a very efficient method of learning.
That stated, the main aim of this essay is to try and uncover why personalized learning environment can be used as a tool for lifelong learning and personalized learning.
To begin with, the personal learning environment can be used as a means of encouraging peer and independent learning. Since this learning experience encompasses learning using mobile and online sources, a research was conducted that shows that online research can improve the learner’s ability to learn grammar, listening skills, vocabulary skills and in the long run learning skills. This provides them with a platform that can encourage independence in learning and can furthermore provide the skills for lifelong learning (Ragupathi, 2011).This, in its sense, is because of the increasing e-learning needs of the learners.
On the sense of encouraging peer learning, the personal learning environment has been described as a tool that integrates the formal and informal learning. This is because the learning method does not only entail the use of personal learning and network tools, it also contains some other informal means such as the television, radio, magazines, music all which connect people through social network.
Personalized learning is an efficient method since it of manages the learning process. It is a method through which the learner can keep his/her own personal educational records. By enabling the learner to manage his learning space, the tool can grant him/her the mobility of educational records. The helpful insight about this is that it has a glue like an effect which sticks throughout the learner’s lifetime thereby providing him/her with a tool that is basically a guide throughout the daily routines.
The personal learning environment can be described as a very effective tool in the learning process since it is centrally focused on the learner. The main idea behind it is that the learning process is ongoing and the main focus is an individual.
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