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Digital Personal Learning Environment (PLE)

This presentation is about the 'personal digital resources' I use for my learning and a description of how they are all used.
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Emily Wells

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of Digital Personal Learning Environment (PLE)

My Digital Personal Learning
Environment (PLE) Leeds University Portal The Virtual Learning environment (VLE) is a great resources to use as it provides excellent resources for the information covered in all aspects of my course. On the homepage of the VLE it shows any announcements that have been produced from each of my modules, allowing close communication between lecturers and students The VLE also has different links to each of my modules. Simply by clicking on one of the module links on my homepage provides all the information needed for that module. The information is the accessed from the list on the right. The link that I use the most is Learning Resources - here it is possible to access lecture notes that have been loaded onto the VLE in advance to the lectures. This is useful as it provides the opportunity to read lecture notes before the lecture. Also I am able to print them off before so that I can write detailed notes in the lectures. This has really helped with my learning. Frequently I use the practice MCQ's that are provided on the VLE for each module. This is a great way to monitor progress and receive instant feedback. The Student University Portal provides a wide range of information resources and services from around the University. Once logged on I have access to:

- My email
- A personal calender
- My libary account
- Information about my modules
- Information from around the campus
- Community tools including discussion areas and groups

I will present in further detail the areas I use most in my Student Portal. To access my Email I just have to click on the email tab on the Portal homepage. It is a great advantage using my email through the portal as I do not need to login again to access it. In addition staff of the university can contact students very rapidly and efficiently and students can contact staff if they need help with anything - also it is available for students to contact each other. Facebook Facebook is a social networking website that is used widely today.
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellows computer science stduents. The websites memebership was firstly just limited to Havard University but then expanded to other colleges and is not accessible to anyone worldwide. I use it to contact fellow students and friends on my course. This can either be by posting a comment on their wall, or sending them a private message. This allows great communication for discussions about group projects etc. Google Google is the main search engine that I use in my personal learning. It provides great ways to reasearch further and gain additional knowledge. If I were to search for further information on 'Antagonism' for example, Google can effciently present all the websites and information related to that factor - as presented below. I also often use Google to search for images. The Google Images search engine is very useful and can provide different types of images to gain an overall insight into its features. For example the images below of the hypothalamus - with one showing the basic structure and the other providing further information. Wikipedia Wikipedia is a web based free-content encyclopedia. I use this a lot in my learning to gain an overall understanding of factors covered in my course. The advantage of using this is unlike a paper reference source, wikipedia is continually updated rapidly. I find it very useful to gain an overall understanding of a particular subject which helps me to then understand the finer details beneath. Wikipedia is excellent at this producing lots of information covering every aspect. Lots of information! It also provides really good images which relate to the text! ..and I find the tables that they produce really good at summarising information - which I find useful when revising! Medpedia Medpedia is an open access online medical wiki encyclopedia. It is used to share and advance knowledge about health, medicine and the body amongst medical proffessionals and the general public. I use this very often to increase my learning and knowledge in specific areas of different factors in my course. I especially find it useful in providing accurate definitions. There are thousands and thousands of articles to browse through to gain additional knowledge of different factors. It also has current News and analysis of different issues relating to science. I find this very interesting for additional reading and to keep up to date with current issues relating to medical research! Welcome to my Digital Personal learning environment. I will be presenting the digital resources that i use for my learning and how they are used. The End
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