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The questions which follow provide a basic knowledge test of selected concepts covered in this learning pathway: Establish a personal learning environment.

The questions published at the end of each learning pathway are re-used for the knowledge test for learners interested in earning a digital badge or certificate of participation for the Digital skills for online learning (LiDA101) micro-course. Please consult the Certify participation page for more information.


True - false questions

Indicate whether the following statements are true or false:

  • Twitter is an example of a blog publishing platform
    • True
      • No. Twitter is an example of a micro-blogging platform
    • False
      • Correct.
  • A learning management system is an example of a PLE
    • True
      • No. Access to the institutional learning management system may form part of a PLE, but it is not an example of a PLE as intended by LiDA101
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Learners can establish a PLE for free
    • True
      • Correct. It is possible to establish a PLE using no-cost services.
    • False
      • No. While a learner could include a paid service within a PLE, it is not a requirement.
  • User selection of online technologies for a PLE enables learners to retain access to their content after the course is finished.
    • True
      • Correct. Managing your own content online will ensure your retain access after the course is finished.
    • False
      • No. Course discussions and learner contributions via an institutional learning management system will not typically be accessible after you have completed the course.


Multiple choice questions

  • In the context of THIS LiDA101 micro-course, the abbreviation PLE refers to:
    • Photoluminescence excitation
      • Incorrect. In the context of this online course on digital skills, we do not cover photoluminescence excitation. However, PLE is used as the abbreviation for specific type of photoluminescence – but not the meaning of the abbreviation for the LiDA101 course.
    • Prior Learning from Experience
      • Incorrect. The abbreviation PLE can be used for Prior Learning from Experience, but in the context of this course it means something else.
    • Personal Learning Environment
      • Yes, PLE refers to “Personal Learning Environment” in the context of the LiDA101 course.
    • Public Liability Excess
      • Incorrect. This is a concept from the insurance industry and which falls outside of the context of the LiDA101 course.
  • Which of the following statements best describes the structure of an online PLE:
    • The learner in the center interacts with different online websites and software applications distributed on the Internet.
      • Yes, this is the best description of a PLE from the options listed.
    • Learners access a single website for all the course resources, discussions and online quizzes.
      • Incorrect. A single software application does not adequately represent a distributed PLE
    • The collection of software applications learners have installed on their personal computers
      • Incorrect. Local software applications do not necessarily connect to the Internet and would therefore restrict the ability to establish an online environment.
    • Massive open online learning (MOOC) platform.
      • Incorrect. A MOOC platform may form part of a PLE, but on its own it will not constitute an online PLE.
  • A “blog” is:
    • A social media website used for digital messaging between individuals
      • Incorrect. This is a feature of a social media platform rather than a blogging platform.
    • A social media website for posting short messages restricted to 280 characters
      • Incorrect. This is a description of a micro-blogging platform rather than a blogging platform.
    • A website used for publishing your own content online.
      • Yes, a blog is an online platform usually run by an individual or small group to regularly publish online content.
    • An online question and answer website used for sharing information.
      • Incorrect. This is not a typical use of a blog platform.
  • Indicate which one of the following statements about a PLE is FALSE:
    • Establishing a PLE can improve your digital skills for online learning.
      • This statement is true. setting up a PLE can improve digital skills.
    • A learning management system (virtual learning environment) platform can be incorporated into your PLE.
      • This statement is true. A learning management system can be incorporated as one of the applications in a larger PLE.
    • All institutions offering online learning use PLEs to deliver their courses.
      • Correct. This statement is false. There are many institutions that provide online learning without the requirement for learners to establish a PLE.
    • PLE’s enable learners to collaborate with each other outside of the online course platform.
      • This statement is true. Learners can collaborate with each other through comments, interactions and collaborative authoring tools within a PLE.