PLEs in Higher Education: Exploring the Transference of Web 2.0 Social Affordances
JesÃºs Romo and
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Oskar Casquero: University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Javier Portillo: University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
RamÃ³n Ovelar: University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain
JesÃºs Romo: University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Manuel Benito: University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain
International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE), 2013, vol. 4, issue 4, 31-43
Knowing whether Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) could transfer Web 2.0 affordances, which have been focused on the non-educational or recreational sphere, to the institutional sphere is important to move the research agenda beyond â€œcool usesâ€ and to understand how the learning process is affected when students use this new type of environment in formal settings. This study analyzes the use of institutionally-powered PLEs (iPLEs) as a means to enable the participatory and community-centered model of Web 2.0 in higher education. Students from two undergraduate, inter-university, online courses were divided into two groups: a control group using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) based on Moodle, and an experimental group using an iPLE based on iGoogle, FriendFeed and Google Groups. The assumption that the iPLE is a suitable tool to create a cohesive and participative learning network that excels that generated by means of the VLE was explored. The results obtained through social network analysis performed to each environmentâ€™s forum data confirm this hypothesis.
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