PhD Candidate , Texila American University
Strategic application of PLE attributes of the e-learning framework for addressing LAD challenges
The evolution of Information Technology (IT) has undoubtedly catalysed the growth and advancement of higher education through its e-learning (online) education systems. There are many valuable research works on the dynamics of the tangible and some aspects of the intangible means by which IT has played its famous roles in advancing the open education system, but not much of empirical studies that focus on identifying and evaluating solutions to certain psychological issues that critically affect many adult learners is available. While the IT tangible attributes include systems, tools and platforms, the intangibles are the nonphysical factors that influence designs, delivery strategies, and policies alongside learners’ preferences within the open education sphere. Further to the popular e-learning systems’ attributes of cost-effectiveness, flexibility, availability and accessibility considered as major attractions for its rapid growth, there is the salient element of Dynamic Personal Learning Environment (PLE) whose right application is capable of offering very potent solutions to the subsisting but largely ignored challenges of Learning Anxiety Disorder (LAD). The concept of LAD is discovered by this project as an offshoot of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) resulting from unwarranted self-consciousness, misappropriated Ego, severe Shyness, and anxiety that cause strong disenchantment for socially-involved learning, learning inhibitions and possible diminution of cognitive abilities. This project is therefore set to examine the LAD notion while evaluating Personal Learning Environments’ potency as an e-learning attribute for addressing LAD’s challenges to the adult learner. The efficacy of PLE in addressing LAD is predicated on the fact that PLE can be applied as structured cognitive and psychological therapeutic approach for the purpose of addressing LAD whose underlying causes are predominantly emotional in which case also psychotropic medication are generally less effective. This research also examined how this concept and its values can be rightly harnessed for innovative open education policies, better designs in online education delivery practices and strategies aimed at making the system and its products much more viable in comparison.