Strategically Designed Personal Learning Environments: A Natural Recipe for Engaged Learning

Nada Dabbagh presents the second session at the Engage 2013 conference, presented by Cengage Learning with SXSWedu.

Session Description: Personal Learning Environments or PLEs enable the creation of personal and social learning spaces to support learner-centered and personalized learning experiences empowering students to direct their own learning and develop self-regulated learning skills. PLEs are built bottom-up, by the student, starting with personal goals, information management, and individual knowledge construction, and progressing to socially mediated knowledge and networked learning. A PLE can be entirely controlled and adapted by a student providing an engaged learning experience, however students must acquire and apply a set of personal knowledge management and self-regulatory skills to create effective PLEs. This talk will address this critical issue focusing on the use of social media as an educational platform for scaffolding the strategic design of PLEs.

Presenter Bio: Nada Dabbagh is Professor and Director of the Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research explores the pedagogical ecology of technology mediated learning environments with the goal of understanding the social and cognitive consequences of learning systems design. Specific research interests include case problem generation and representation in problem-based learning environments and supporting student self-regulated learning in online and distributed learning environments. Dr. Dabbagh has an extensive publication record and has presented her research at over 100 scholarly venues participating as keynote and invited speaker at conferences in Bahrain, Oman, Thailand, Iran, and the U.S. She has also facilitated numerous learning technologies design and development projects which led to the award winning Learning Asset Technology Integration Support Tool or LATIST.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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