Working in today’s organizations and undertaking the transformed work practices require knowledge workers who possess high-level mental competencies involving abstract and critical thinking and working with products such as information, knowledge and networks. This desire to generate more autonomous and self-regulated learners reflects a vital need for individual and organizational agility to quickly adapt organizations in a change-driven world. Developing agile organization and workforce asks for adopting new means and approaches for supporting workplace learning far beyond traditional class-based training.
In our research, we intend to develop a design framework for workplace personal learning environments (or PLEs) aiming at facilitating and supporting learner-led endeavours toward learning and competency development. To this end, we apply theoretical as well as empirical grounding processes through conducting design studies in different learning contexts to produce appropriate design principles required to develop this framework. The resulting design framework can be used as a theoretical and practical roadmap by workplace e-learning designers including IT (Information Technology) and learning professionals.