Here are some examples of courses that used the PLE methodology. They are all intended for adult learners. Our courses vary regarding their focus on pedagogy vs technology and learner autonomy vs teacher control, but they show you that the PLE concept is flexible and can be adapted in many different environments and contexts.
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Valkeakoski Lifelong Learning Centre, Finland
We implemented an English language course in which our learners built their own PLEs. The 14 learners in the course were divided into four smaller groups according to their language skills and interests.The learners made learning goals and a learning plan and decided on their language content, and the two teachers (English and ICT) functioned as facilitators.
The Finnish National Board of Education awarded our course with the European Language Label in 2014. Read more: European Language Label
We implemented a course where students were encouraged to plan thematic touristic paths in the city. These paths were intended to be visited by foreign senior students, and students would be their guides.
Each student chose a thematic path to build according to their interest. The teacher served both as a facilitator and in the student’s synchronization of the tasks.
Tutor’s role and duties in the training activities for learners adults (Italy)
We implemented a course in which the principal objective was to disseminate and encourage the use of PLEs by professional trainers (in particular Tutors) who can act as ‘bridge connection’ between pupils and teachers of the course activities in order to spread a culture of extra knowledge to the topics covered in the normal curriculum of courses for adults.
Information-Communication Technologies for Social Economy (Poland)
Social Media and Education (Turkey)
Social Networking English Learning (Spain)