Using personal learning environment (PLE) management to support digital lifelong learning

Cherng Jyh Yen, Chih Hsiung Tu, Laura E. Sujo-Montes, Hoda Harati, Claudia R. Rodas

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-31
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019


  • Lifelong Learning
  • Network Learning Literacy
  • Open Network Learning
  • Personal Learning Environment
  • Self-Regulated Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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