The theme of the conference ‘Now it’s Personal’ was inspired by the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report 2011 K-12 Edition which predicted personal learning environments as a key trend for widespread adoption into mainstream use for teaching, learning, or creative application in 2015-2016.
Despite the use of the word ‘environment’ in the name, personal learning environments are not a technology but a theoretical, highly transformative learning ecosystem or approach that is individual by design aimed at providing students with more control over their learning. Specifically, the evolution of teaching and learning management systems, standards-based assessment, together with the widespread adoption of social media and collaborative learning technologies is giving rise to an emphasis on empowering learners with strategies and tools to support and demonstrate their personal capabilities to navigate the territories of informal and self-learning beyond the classroom.
Abstracts are invited that address the conference theme ‘Now it's Personal’ through one of the following three strands described below.
Strand 1: Inspirational Leadership
Inspirational leadership is about empowerment, working with and walking together. It is about performance not supervision. It is personal not institutional, inspiring not constricting, liberating not coercing. It is a culture not a state, it is transparent not secretive where people do the right thing because they want to, not because they have to. Keywords related to this theme may include but are not restricted to:
Strand 2: Innovative Learning
Students have ever-increasing expectations of being able to work, play, and learn via cloud-based services and apps across their mobile devices, whenever they want and wherever they may be. Innovative learning is about possibilities. It is limited only by imagination. It is open free and wide-ranging. It is not constrained by past thinking. It is personal. It is about choice, connection and reflection. It challenges the learner to be responsible, not reliant. To lead, not follow. To create, not copy. Keywords related to this theme may include but are not restricted to:
Strand 3: Redefining Education
The importance of personal knowledge management and the blurring of the boundaries between formal and informal learning is redefining education. No longer is education constricted by set parameters. It is not limited to time or place. It is free to explore. It offers choices not constraints. It presents challenges not solutions. It asks questions. Keywords related to this theme may include but are not restricted to: