Personal Learning Spaces for Work-Based Learning

Leeds, Beverly (2011) Personal Learning Spaces for Work-Based Learning. In: Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA, pp. 1395-1399.

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Today’s work activities are rarely constant and the vocationally successful people will need to replace the idea of task related skill with the “meta-competence of learning to learn”, Raelin (2008, pg13). Work-based learners will therefore need to undertake flexible degree programmes that allow them to learn in the context of their environment in a flexible way that also meets their employers objectives. The impact of higher fees for UK undergraduate degrees and the newly available loans for part time learners is likely to have a significant impact on the number of work based learners taking undergraduate degrees. Institutions will need to have robust systems in place supported by technology if they are to deal with increased numbers. Institutions will need to become more flexible looking into the future offering modular programmes, bespoke training, individualised learning, assessment on demand, continuous enrolment and flexible delivery methods (Field, 1993).

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