Articulating Personal Pedagogies Through Learning Ecologies

  • Marcelo F. MainaEmail author
  • Iolanda García González
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)


The digital revolution enabled by social and ubiquitous technologies is constantly transforming macro- and microlevels of society including industry, organizations, and government as well as ways in which we communicate, we work, and we carry on our daily lives. Education is therefore also being challenged to respond to evolving societal demands by supporting the development of competent and engaged citizens. In this context, individuals’ capability to get involved and exploit the affordances of networked environments for learning and development may condition their opportunities to cope with societal and labor demands. In this chapter, the metaphor of learning ecologies is proposed to provide a framework from which to analyze interactions between individuals and their environment, and the way their experiences across different contexts throughout life promote and shape learning processes. Learning ecologies allow us to explore frontier pedagogies connecting formal, non-formal, and informal educational contexts, acting as personal strategies that may orchestrate lifelong, life-wide, and life-deep learning. We start by defining and framing learning ecologies, providing the theoretical roots, and reviewing some recent studies in the field. Next, we propose constructs and models but also strategies and tools that may be of help to enhance and support personal ecologies for learning. Finally, the concept of personal pedagogies is proposed to refer to a set of autonomy and agency skills and attitudes that can be dynamically integrated by individuals to support an ecology for self-development and personal learning. We articulate from this perspective several trends in the area of self-directed learning located in the technological and pedagogical intersection: MOOCs, current awareness, e-portfolios, and social networks.


Learning ecologies Personal pedagogies Networked learning Social networks Personal learning environments Life-long learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationTéléunivesitéMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and EducationUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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