Participatory design and implementation plan of Personal Learning Test-beds

Mikroyannidis, Alexander and Gillet, Denis (2009). Participatory design and implementation plan of Personal Learning Test-beds. Alex Mikroyannidis.



This deliverable (related to tasks 5.1 and 5.2) presents the design of the ROLE test-beds and an implementation plan that aligns the test-bed implementation with the platform and service development, and that permits the study of transitions (e.g. the transition from studying a course or subject matter to being paid by an employer to use that new knowledge; the transition from one position to another in a large enterprise; and the transition between two jobs relying on parallel continuing education studies). The deliverable is directly related to the WP5 objectives of devising and implementing scalable test-beds for personal (maybe self-regulated) learning augmented with responsive and open personal learning environments and providing authentic contexts of use for other work packages to undertake their own core tasks.

The test-beds design specifies the processes, the roles and the use cases of the test-beds to describe the usage scenarios. The initial analysis of the scope of the test-beds builds up the use-cases and requirements specification for personal learning and personal learning environments. Problems and shortcomings within current environments and approaches are analysed and documented as input for WP1. The focus is upon the learning process and guidance applied (possibility to influence the environment directly by the learner – explicitly or implicitly) within the test-beds and the learning services used and implemented at the end-user’s side.

To reach that goal, an implementation approach is selected that integrates the learning environment in three iteration cycles. The first iteration integrates existing features to enable a quick prototype and gather early user feedback, the second iteration integrates selected features in real-world test-beds (e.g. linked to live work tasks) to demonstrate the potential of personal learning using responsive open learning environments, the last iteration cycle deals with fine tuning based on detailed user feedback. The evaluation framework developed within WP6 will be applied in order to evaluate the technical and pedagogical perspective within the test-beds. In addition, community evaluation will be carried out by WP7 through network analysis techniques, such as SNA (Social Network Analysis).

The present deliverable has been produced from merging deliverables D5.1 “Design of the Personal Learning Test-beds” and D5.2 “Implementation plan for the test-beds”. The merging was triggered mainly by the participatory nature of the test-beds design, which results in significant overlaps between the test-bed description in D5.1 and the test-bed implementation plan in D5.2.

The deliverable is structured as follows: First, an overview of the test-beds is provided, followed by the methodology adopted for the design of the test-beds and the implementation plan. The next section documents the design and implementation plan of each test-bed, centred on the learning gaps that have been identified in each test-bed, as well as the learning scenarios that aim to address these gaps. The implementation phases for each test-bed are described and the vision of each test-bed for promoting the implementation outcomes is outlined. The implementation plan is complemented in the Annex, which provides more implementation details for each test-bed, including a list of widgets and services, interoperability issues, number of users involved, and time schedules. Finally, the deliverable is concluded with a plan of further actions towards the refinement and implementation of the test-beds scenarios, in conjunction with the development of Personal Learning Services carried out by WP4.

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