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Personal Learning Environments – the future of eLearning?


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The face of education is constantly changing with the advent of new and improved technologies. Atwell (2007) argues that personal learning environments (PLE) may be useful and central to the future of learning.  


Teachers aim to turn their students into life long learners, by showing them how to take control of their own learning. PLE’s may be the key to achieving this. Most of ones learning does not come from formal educational programs but rather from informal learning, whereby the students takes their own initiative to search for the answers. This is done in a way that they often learn best and within a context that they understand. PLE allow a student to do this.


The article written in 2007, speaks about the growing availability of high speed Internet across the country as well as the ability to access this on a range of mobile devices. With the new Web 2.0, which allows users to have input into what is on the web, the advent of things like wikis, blogs, social networking sites, and instant messaging are beginning to change the way individuals learn. Social software on the Internet is now allowing the Internet to be used to create and share ideas and concepts. It opens new doors for students to learn, collaborate, share knowledge with peers, and thus take control of their own learning environment making them successful lifelong learners.


As the article was written nearly 7 years ago, it can be seen that much of what the article was predicting has indeed taken place. The Internet has now been made accessible to almost anyone most of the time. Students are now able to find the solution to problems within seconds through mobile devices such as smart phones. Blogs, wikis, and other forms of social software are ever increasingly being used in the classroom to broaden the learning environment of the students and allow them to take control of their own learning paths.



Attwell, G. (2007). Personal Learning Environments – the future of eLearning? elearning papers, 2(1), 1-8. Retrieved from 1561.pdf


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