Learning Networks, Networked Learning

Sloep, Peter and Berlanga, Adriana Learning Networks, Networked Learning. Revista Comunicar, 2011, vol. XIX, n. 37, pp. 55-64. [Journal article (Print/Paginated)]

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English abstract

Learning Networks are on-line social networks through which users share knowledge with each other and jointly develop new knowledge. This way, Learning Networks may enrich the experience of formal, school-based learning and form a viable setting for professional development. Although networked learning enjoys an increasing interest, many questions remain on how exactly learning in such networked contexts can contribute to successful education and training. Put differently, how should networked learning be designed best to facilitate education and training? Taking this as its point of departure, the chapter addresses such issues as the dynamic evolution of Learning Networks, trust formation and profiling in Learning Networks, and peer-support among Learning Network participants. This discussion will be interspersed with implementation guidelines for Learning Networks and with a discussion of the more extended case of a Learning Network for Higher Education. Taking into consideration research currently carried out at our own centre and elsewhere, the chapter will close off with a look into the future of Learning Networks.

Spanish abstract

Las redes de aprendizaje (Learning Networks) son redes sociales en línea mediante las cuales los participantes comparten información y colaboran para crear conocimiento. De esta manera, estas redes enriquecen la experiencia de aprendizaje en cualquier contexto de aprendizaje, ya sea de educación formal (en escuelas o universidades) o educación no-formal (formación profesional). Aunque el concepto de aprendizaje en red suscita el interés de diferentes actores del ámbito educativo, aún existen muchos interrogantes sobre cómo debe diseñarse el aprendizaje en red para facilitar adecuadamente la educación y la formación. El artículo toma este interrogante como punto de partida, y posteriormente aborda cuestiones como la dinámica de la evolución de las redes de aprendizaje, la importancia de fomentar la confianza entre los participantes y el papel central que desempeña el perfil de usuario en la construcción de la confianza, así como el apoyo entre compañeros. Además, se elabora el proceso de diseño de una red de aprendizaje, y se describe un ejemplo en el contexto universitario. Basándonos en la investigación que actualmente se lleva a cabo en nuestro propio centro y en otros lugares, el capítulo concluye con una visión del futuro de las redes de aprendizaje.

Item type: Journal article (Print/Paginated)
Keywords: Learning, networks design, education, training, informal learning, lifelong learning, redes de aprendizaje, diseño, educación, formación, educación informal, educación a lo largo de la vida.
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GH. Education.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GI. Training.
L. Information technology and library technology. > LB. Computer networking.
Depositing user: Alex Ruiz
Date deposited: 26 Jun 2012
Last modified: 17 Dec 2012 16:27
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/17225

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