Organisations are trying to put the ‘personal’ back into learning. What’s helping them are platforms like Personal Learning Environment (PLE) that allows learners to create their own learning path, select content of choice, collaborate with peers, rate content and do a host of other things. Some Learning & Development teams are already looking beyond the Learning Management System (LMS) to the PLE, driven by the need to empower and motivate the learner. The business benefits are higher return on investment, better link between training and performance, optimisation of hours spent in formal training, etc.
In our recent webinar on Personalised Learning, we explored the world of PLE through a case study involving Alcatel-Lucent. The telecom company’s Cloud-based application, My PLE, is an effective platform for learners to create a learning program customised to their current and future job role and professional development.
My PLE is an ecosystem in which learners can explore the world of formal, informal and social learning. It has its roots in the philosophy that learning doesn’t have to be restricted to one-off interventions, formal trainings or even the network of a single organisation. My PLE makes it possible for learners to access and get credit for learning that could exist anywhere—inside the organisation’s LMS or outside of it (think Wikipedia, YouTube, resources on other Clouds, etc.). As far as learning resources go, the sky is indeed the limit! Learning is all-pervasive, although defined by a structure in which the knowledge can be accounted for and recognised.
For more on My PLE and the attributes of this application, view http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPzq71NxOC0&feature=share&list=UUK_lGf4cV0IWepLHTGB3WJQ&index=2
- Sarbani Mukherjee, Principal Learning Designer - US, Tata Interactive Systems