The 21st century is a knowledge and digital era. The issues of changing condition and information overload challenge people’s abilities to learn. Moreover learning is becoming more learner-centric and network-based. The traditional way of learning may not be efficient enough to keep up with the pace of emerging knowledge. Learners need to develop their personal learning systems (Personal Learning Environment & Network, PLE&N in short) to integrate and foster learning activities. This paper discusses the use of PLE&N to support learning and its benefits.Learners have different learning competencies, preferences and objectives. To respond to this diversity, learning should be personalised. On the other hand, there is an increasing trend that people learn from trusted networks, as knowledge is distributed across connections. To meet the contemporary challenges and learning trend, PLE&N is established. Changes in technology provide a variety of tools for people to develop their own learning systems. Many of these tools are Web 2.0 tools, including discussion forums, file/video sharing, RSS feeds and social networks. Learners can also use these tools to build up networks for co-learning and locating expertise. In general, PLE&N serves as a platform fostering self-regulated and network-based learning, resulting in problem solving, collaboration and innovation. This paper is a case study of how a group of students establish and use PLE&N to facilitate learning in a Hong Kong university. It is hoped that insights would be provided for teachers and students to adopt technology-enhanced learning to meet the contemporary challenges.
Miriam L.N. Tsui, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Eric Tsui, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Eric W.K. See-To, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
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