Conceptual design and empirical study of a personal learning environment and network (PLE&N) to support peer-based social and lifelong learning

Haley Wing Chi Tsang, Yue Hong Eric Tsui

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Purpose: This paper aims to describe a conceptual design of Personal Learning Environment & Network (PLE&N) and a learning model developed in support of peer-based social and lifelong learning in higher education, which collaborate with classroom learning. Design/methodology/approach: The model consists of students, instructors and external parties interacting synergistically in learning in PLE&N-enabled courses based on the collaborative designs of instructor-led pedagogical approach and external parties-assisted lifelong learning “first-mover” development. The research constructs, tests and assesses this model in courses of 12 subjects in nearly two years. Findings: The practicality of the designs is evidenced in post-course surveys and reflected by students’ ability in productively using collaborative resources over the internet to create an ever-expanding personal learning space stretching from home to campus and beyond, oriented toward individuality, universality, ubiquity, interactivity and connectivity. Originality/value: The research contributes to PLE&N, social and lifelong learning seamless integration in theory and practice to dramatically enhance students’ virtual learning skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-249
Number of pages22
JournalVINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Higher education
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Lifelong learning
  • Personal Learning Environment and Network (PLE&N)
  • Social learning
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Information Systems

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