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Projects working in personalised or flexible learning frameworks

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Irma Pianucci
7 September 2009

This is a space to share information about projects working in this research area. 

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Searching  the site looking about PLE projects, it gave me 4 results. Only 2 have to be with Ple platforms. This were The PLE (Personal Learning Environment) and  the courseweb but any of them have activity on the project.

Also  on this site I found that ten competence project,  The EU funded project TENCompetence will provide the software for supporting individuals, groups and organisations in lifelong competence development, using open-source, standards-based and innovative technology. This project started working on learning through competence and know had move to lifelong learning.

The sapo Campus project, aims to integrates several Web 2.0 services in a educational environment. Based on the Web 2.0 Services provided by SAPO. There isn´t a demo yet about the service they provide.

Irma Pianucci
11:16 on 9 September 2009

A PLE (personal learning environment) is:

a system that helps learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to set their own learning goals, manage their learning, manage both content and process, and communicate with others in the process of learning.

In contrast, a virtual learning environment (VLE) or learning management system (LMS), such as Blackboard or Moodle, is:

a software system designed to help teachers by facilitating the management of educational courses for their students, especially by helping teachers and learners with course administration. The system can often track the learners' progress, which can be monitored by both teachers and learners.

Notice the difference? A VLE/LMS is all about controlling how you learn. A PLE is about giving you control over how you learn.

Irma Pianucci
14:46 on 15 September 2009

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Juliette Culver
5:20pm 13 September 2009

Hi Irma,

Not sure if it's the sort of thing that you're looking for, but you might be interested in the  EU4ALL project (which I have done some work on), is doing work on content personalisation.


Helen Beetham
6:31pm 13 September 2009 (Edited 2:30pm 14 September 2009)

Hi Irma, there have been a number of JISC technical projects in this area, especially circa 2005-07, when the term 'personal' was widely used. I think there are some interesting tensions between technologies/environments already 'personal' to the learner, and 'personalised', as if some personal essence or quality were being added later. The HEFCE e-learning strategy favours 'personal' for describing technologies focused on learner ownership and control. A search of the JISC site using the word 'personal' throws up some good technical projects of which Persona is one of the most recent: And since the term PLE was originally coined by the folk at JISC CETIS there's some interesting stuff here and here learning/.

Carlos Santos
11:23am 5 January 2010 (Edited 11:24am 5 January 2010)


You may have a look into SAPO Campus project at

We also shared a screencast that shows some parts only available to registered users:

And the last recommended link: "Rethinking Open and Social Learning and institutional supported technologies: the case of SAPO Campus"


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