“What is our role? To provide conducive situations that allow students to engage in creating effective Personalized Learning Environments by organizing and managing their own learning experiences.” — Nada Dabbagh

How can you, as an educator, engage digital natives in the learning process and build a desire for life-long learning? What role do you play in helping students develop the twenty-first century skills that lead to personal and professional success?

In this video from Cengage Learning’s Engage 2013 conference hosted by SXSWedu, Nada Dabbagh of George Mason University addresses the Personalized Learning Environment (PLE). The PLE allows students to customize, organize, and manage their own progress and experience and, per Dabbagh, it is therefore a “natural recipe for engaged learning.” She elaborates on a three-level framework that describes how educators can help students engage in a personal learning environment and discusses the use of social media as an educational platform for scaffolding the strategic design of PLEs. Dabbagh asserts that by placing students at the center of the learning experience, educators empower them to become self-regulated, self-directed, and life-long learners. An informative question-and-answer session at the end of the video further illuminates the process and possibilities.


How might a Personalized Learning Environment serve the needs of the students in your field of expertise? Share your ideas below.  

Nada Dabbagh is Professor and Director of the Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research explores the pedagogical ecology of technology mediated learning environments with the goal of understanding the social and cognitive consequences of learning systems design. Specific research interests include case problem generation and representation in problem-based learning environments and supporting student self-regulated learning in online and distributed learning environments. Dr. Dabbagh has an extensive publication record and has presented her research at over 100 scholarly venues participating as keynote and invited speaker at conferences in Bahrain, Oman, Thailand, Iran, and the U.S. She has also facilitated numerous learning technologies design and development projects which led to the award winning Learning Asset Technology Integration Support Tool (LATIST).

For additional insights from Nada Dabbagh, read our recent post Personal Learning Environments: A Way to Engage Students in Self-Regulated Learning.