Pesonal Learning Environments based on Web 2.0 services in secondary and higher education
Type of work: PhD Thesis
Categories:e-Learning and Instructional Technology
The emergence of Web 2.0 has not only changed the available Web technologies, but also the way people communicate and relate to one another. The growing ubiquity of Web access, and the variety of devices that allow us to interact with it, have made it possible for users to choose the tools and services that better adapt to their needs, providing a means of personalising the learning experience.
This Thesis presents the results of my research on the construction and analysis of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) based on Web 2.0 services in two different contexts, secondary education and higher education.
The methodology used was Design-Based Research, by carrying out interventions in practice settings at both secondary education and higher education levels; in the case of secondary education, the environment created fulfilled all the requirements to be considered a Living Lab.
These interventions and their successive iterations allowed for a continuous process of data collection and analysis, which was in turn used to modify or create new interventions. The analysis of the data provided evidence of PLEs as tools for learning and acquiring skills, strengthening social interactions, and improvement in the organization and management of content and learning resources, and also helped identify obstacles and barriers, and possible solutions.
My original contribution to knowledge is the development of guidelines for using Personal Learning Environments as tools for supporting formal learning, either by teachers or by the learners themselves.