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Title: Conceptual design and empirical study of a personal learning environment and network (PLE&N) to support peer-based social and lifelong learning
Authors: Tsang, HWC 
Tsui, E 
Keywords: Lifelong learning
Social media
Higher education
Social learning
Interactive learning environment
Personal Learning Environment and Network (PLE&N)
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Vine, 2017, v. 47, no. 2, p. 228-249 How to cite?
Journal: VINE 
Abstract: Purpose - This paper aims to describe a conceptual design of Personal Learning Environment & Network (PLE&N) and a learning model developed in support of peer-based social and lifelong learning in higher education, which collaborate with classroom learning. Design/methodology/approach - The model consists of students, instructors and external parties interacting synergistically in learning in PLE&N-enabled courses based on the collaborative designs of instructor-led pedagogical approach and external parties-assisted lifelong learning "first-mover" development. The research constructs, tests and assesses this model in courses of 12 subjects in nearly two years. Findings - The practicality of the designs is evidenced in post-course surveys and reflected by students' ability in productively using collaborative resources over the internet to create an ever-expanding personal learning space stretching from home to campus and beyond, oriented toward individuality, universality, ubiquity, interactivity and connectivity. Originality/value - The research contributes to PLE&N, social and lifelong learning seamless integration in theory and practice to dramatically enhance students' virtual learning skills.
ISSN: 2059-5891
EISSN: 1474-1032
DOI: 10.1108/VJIKMS-03-2017-0010
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