Informal and Formal Learning Merge in cloud-based Personal Learning Environments

This week I had quite a revelation. I found that studies show that social networking sites can serve to bolster both formal and informal learning (Dabbagh & Kitsanta, 2012). I encountered the concepts of Personal Learning Environments (PLE) and Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). Dabbagh and Kitsanta (2012) describe cloud-based PLE’s where learners collect and share resources while individually and collectively constructing knowledge. They also found that PLE’s encourage self-regulated learning by enabling students to select the tools and resources used to handle their learning content. These Web 2.0 tools facilitate a student-centered pedagogical approach where learners can individualize their PLE. Read More