What now follows is a (fake) interview I prepared for the PLE Conference and that sort of sums up the articles Introducing the Hybrid Institutional-Personal Learning Environment (HIPLE) and The Hybrid Institutional-Personal Learning Environment (HIPLE) into practice: an example with Twitter.
The main ideas are:
Why Personal Learning Environments (PLE)
- Why not.
- Scarcity of explicit knowledge (books) led us to gather it into libraries.
- Cost of access to books led us to gather them into universities and schools.
- Cost of access to wise men led us too to gather them into universities and schools.
- The digital made scarcity of knowledge no more an issue, and costs of access to experts dropped to nearly zero.
Why institutional Virtual Campuses or why institutional Learning Management Systems?
- It still is difficult to tell good knowledge from bad (low information literacy levels around).
- Thus, we have a need for a curation of knowledge, for guides, to validate all the knowledge that has been fixed in digital artifacts.
- Not everyone can or wants to use the latest technology.
- Many people still have low digital literacy levels.
- Indeed, there are privacy, security and/or data ownership issues.
- And we have to ease monitoring, assessment and evaluation tasks (we are not hee taking about the need to monitor, assess or evaluate — let’s assume for a moment that many people still want to do that).
So, PLEs or institutional virtual campuses?
- We need to cope with both needs: the benefits (freedom) of digital technologies and some long-lasting (and maybe needed) trends.
- We should be able to find a middle-ground solution between centrifugal and centripetal forces.
- We have to keep intimacy, while allow third parties’ ideas in our conversation.
- We want to keep noise out, while keeping a window open to the outside.
- We should be free to either use an institutional tool, a third party’s, or one’s own, and nevertheless guarantee that conversation is the same for everyone.
- We should be able to keep our own learning space while participating in a collective one.
- And we should be able to keep a closed record of what a group did for later assessment or simply storage.
NOTE: sound quality is awful. Sorry about that.
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2010) “Interview: Introducing the HIPLE: Hybrid Institutional-Personal Learning Environment” In ICTlogy,
#81, June 2010. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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