Drupal as a Social Hub for Personal Learning

Tobias Hölterhof, Axel Nattland, Michael Kerres

Abstract


A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) focuses on the personal need of a learner. It refers to informal and self-directed learning and integrates different resources and services in a single environment. But learning can also be considers as a social activity. From the perspective of a formal master pro- gram, the article discusses the relation between social and personal aspects of learning and describes the design of a technological platform that connects the different PLEs of the students. Instead of using a traditional Learning Manage- ment Systems (LMS) for managing the program, the platform acts as a “social hub” between the PLEs to perform formal learning scenarios and to build a so- cial space. 


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