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Maria Northcote

Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)

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What Offline And Online Technologies Do Higher Education Students Use To Complete Assessment Tasks?, Lynnette Lounsbury, David Bolton, Paula Mildenhall, Maria T. Northcote Dec 2016

What Offline And Online Technologies Do Higher Education Students Use To Complete Assessment Tasks?, Lynnette Lounsbury, David Bolton, Paula Mildenhall, Maria T. Northcote

Maria Northcote

A Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is a system, usually self-constructed, that enables learners to manage their own learning and may include tools, services, online resources and communities. The aim of the project: to determine which technologies students use when they prepare, complete and submit assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations. The participants (n=39): 24 students from Edith Cowan University in WA and 15 students from Avondale in NSW. All students were undergraduate, on-campus students from Education and Arts courses, mainly female, most were aged between 20-24 years. Previous research has defined PLEs (Dabbagh & Kitsantas, (2012), especially in social constructivist contexts using learner-centred pedagogies (van Harmelen, 2008; Wild, Mdritscher, & Sigurdarson, 2008). Gosper et al. (2013; 2014) have outlined ...


Engaging Students In The Use Of Technologies For Assessment Within Personal Learning Environments (Ples): The Development Of A Framework, David Bolton, Paula M. Mildenhall, Kwong Sim, Lynnette Lounsbury, Maria T. Northcote Dec 2016

Engaging Students In The Use Of Technologies For Assessment Within Personal Learning Environments (Ples): The Development Of A Framework, David Bolton, Paula M. Mildenhall, Kwong Sim, Lynnette Lounsbury, Maria T. Northcote

Maria Northcote

Higher education students use a wide range of information and communication technologies for personal and study purposes, collectively known as a Personal Learning Environment (PLE). The ways in which students use technologies to prepare and complete assessment tasks, however, has not been researched as much as their general use of technology. This paper reports on the process adopted to develop a research-informed framework to engage higher education students in the use and evaluation of technologies for assessment purposes within their PLEs. The method used to construct the framework is presented alongside recommendations for how the framework may be used by ...


Higher Education Student's Use Of Technologies For Assessment Within Personal Learning Environments (Ples), Lynnette Lounsbury, Paula Mildenhall, David Bolton, Maria T. Northcote, Alan Anderson Dec 2016

Higher Education Student's Use Of Technologies For Assessment Within Personal Learning Environments (Ples), Lynnette Lounsbury, Paula Mildenhall, David Bolton, Maria T. Northcote, Alan Anderson

Maria Northcote

Higher education students' use of technologies has been documented over the years but their specific use of technologies for assessment-related tasks has yet to be fully investigated. Researchers at two higher education institutions recently conducted a study which sought to discover the technologies most commonly used by students within their Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). A specific aim of the study was to determine which of these technologies the students used when they complete and submit assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations. Results from questionnaires, focus groups and mapping exercises are reported and the implications of the findings for developing ...