Thursday, September 11, 2008

ECER 2008 - Personalising learning and self-regulated learning

Live blog from a session at ECER 2008.

Presentation from Gabrielle Le Geyt, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom.

Argued that self regulated learning and personalised learning have strong overlap but are not the same. Personlised learning assumes every child is different. Teachers have to develop a wide repetoire of teaching strategies and can lead to partnership between school, learner and parents.

Talked about how primary teachers saw ICT's role in personalisation more positively than secondary. There were also differences between subject specialists. For example maths teachers had low perception of value of ICT in personalising education. Pupil perceptions is that personalisation declines as they move through the school system. personalisation in the home - any time any place learning. However, some perceive this as causing problems, e.g. when school work intrudes in the home or where home intrudes in school (e.g. social networks and mobile phones).

Promoting a "P by P" approach Personalisation by pieces. Also promoting ICT to increase motivation. Also, sees a VLE as an important driver of personalisation. Important for VLE to be embedded in all the classroom practice.

Question was asked if Web 2.0 technologies would change attitude to VLEs. The government see VLE will lead inevitably to personalisation but VLE has to be used properly to be effective.

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