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Using Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Management to Support Digital Lifelong Learning

, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, United States ; , , , , Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, United States

IJOPCD Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global


Personal Learning Environment is a promising pedagogical approach to integrate formal and informal learning in social media and support student self-regulated learning. The use of PLEs to support lifelong learning can be expanded to the formal, non-formal, or informal learning environments. This study empirically examined how PLE management predicted the use of PLE to support three types of lifelong learning (i.e., formal, non-formal, or informal learning). This study concluded that PLE management was predictive of each type of learning respectively. PLE is not only a technical platform but also a new digital learning literacy, conceptual space, pedagogical process, and social networks that enable and support learners to achieve their lifelong learning goals. While Open Educational Resources (OERs) are perceived as a solution for social justice in digital lifelong learning, PLE and Open Network Learning Environment are identified as the key pedagogy and instructional strategies to empower learners gaining network-learning literacy and becoming competent digital lifelong learners.


Yen, C.J., Tu, C.H., Sujo-Montes, L., Harati, H. & Rodas, C. (2019). Using Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Management to Support Digital Lifelong Learning. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 9(3), 13-31. IGI Global. Retrieved May 24, 2020 from .