Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Mashup Personal Learning Environments

Wild, Fridolin; Kalz, Marco and Palmér, Matthias eds. (2010). Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Mashup Personal Learning Environments. CEUR-WS.

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Abstract

A change in perspective can be certified in the recent years to technology-enhanced learning research and development: More and more learning applications on the web are putting the learner centre stage, not the organisation. They empower learners with capabilities to customize and even construct their own personal learning environments (PLEs).

These PLEs typically consist of distributed web-applications and services that support system-spanning collaborative and individual learning activities in formal as well as informal settings. These PLEs typically complement Learning Management Systems (LMS) with additional widgets, services, and data integrated from and with organization-external learning tools. Technologically speaking, this shift manifests in a learning web where information is distributed across sites and activities can easily encompass the use of a greater number of pages and services offered through web-based learning applications. Mash-ups, the 'frankensteining' of software artefacts and data, have emerged to be the software development approach for these long-tail and perpetual-beta niche markets. Core technologies facilitating this paradigm shift are Ajax, javascript-based widget-collections, and microformats that help to glue together public web APIs in individual applications. Interoperability is the enabler to allow these different components to be worked together facilitating the achievement of the underlying learning task.

In a wide range of European IST-funded research projects such as Stellar, ROLE, LTfLL, Mature, and OpenScout a rising passion for these technologies can be identified.

This workshop therefore serves as a forum to bring together researchers and developers from these projects and an open public that have an interest in understanding and engineering mash-up personal learning environments (MUPPLEs).

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