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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-018-01-0044


Educational Innovation with Learning Networks: Tools and Developments

Peter B. Sloep (Open Universiteit Nederland, The Netherlands)

Adriana J. Berlanga (Open Universiteit Nederland, The Netherlands)

Wolfgang Greller (Open Universiteit Nederland, The Netherlands)

Slavi Stoyanov (Open Universiteit Nederland, The Netherlands)

Marcel van der Klink (Open Universiteit Nederland, The Netherlands)

Symeon Retalis (University of Piraeus, Greece)

Jan Hensgens (Aurus KTS, The Netherlands)

Abstract: Professional Development is ill served by traditional ways of learning. It can profit from a Learning Networks approach, which emphasizes logistic, content and didactic flexibility. Learning Networks are online, social networks that have been designed and tooled to foster informal learning. Three European projects are discussed - idSpace, LTfLL, Handover - which have developed tools befitting networked learning. Each in its own way, the projects illustrate the benefits of a networked learning approach. This goes for all three flexibilities but in particular for the need to be didactically flexible. Finally, it is argued that formal education could profit from the tools discussed.

Keywords: FP7, Handover, LTfLL, idSpace, innovation, language technologies, learning network, networked learning

Categories: H.5.0, H.5.1, H.5.2, I.2.7, K.3.1, L.2, L.3