A new development in (AL) is the concept of a user-driven adventure learning environment (UDALE), in which learners create and share self-initiated AL projects online. Such environments allow learners to share their own AL projects with the world in a pedagogically meaningful way. They also allow learners to act as teachers and facilitators, strengthening their knowledge of a subject and a geographical area as they communicate to others about it, and practice their social networking skills as they interact with others online around a topic that is important to them.
One of the challenges to date with implementing UDALE has been that there are no existing online environments or tools that provide the optimal structure and scaffolding needed for teachers and learners to be able to easily create and share an AL project. That is about to change with the introduction of the online learning environment from the LT Media Lab.
WeExplore is a new project that provides the opportunity for learners to become explorers in their respective communities and then share their explorations with the world through a socially networked AL environment. Teams of students, guided by a teacher or other adult sponsor, can work together to generate an AL project centered on a specific location and environmental or social issue. They can then share their project online through this unique, custom-designed environment that scaffolds them through the process of creating their AL project. Learners are also able to follow along with teams whose projects interest them.