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Dabbagh, N., & Kitsantas, A. (2012). Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning. Social Media in Higher Education, 15(1), 3–8.

In this article, the authors propose a three level model for social media integration through the creation of learner-generated personalized learning environments.  These three phases are personal information management, social interaction and information aggregation and management.  These progressively differentiated levels are directly mapped to Zimmerman’s three-phase model of self-regulation (forethought, performance and self-reflection), with each integrating various social media in practical ways.   Leading to the proposal of the model, the authors also build a conceptual framework, consisting of social media, PLEs and Self-Regulated learning.

This is a heavily cited article, which serves a bridge between social media and SRL.  I’m unaware of earlier attempts to integrate these two strands.   The further integration of student-created PLEs adds unique context, arguing that not only can students create content but also design their own custom holistic environments.  The proposed framework is straightforward and practical as well.  Overall, the only downside is that the various strands are fascinating when integrated and could be more detailed.

I have been reading a great deal of research on SRL, but had not considered the implications or usefulness of social media in this context.  I also found the very broad definition of social media interesting.  Most of all, the conception of a personalized student-centered and student-created environment was illustrative to me as a precursor to later research, especially the idea of the NGDLE from Educause.   This was a inspiring article, and refreshing near the end of the semester.