Title: Learning in Informal Online Networks and Communities
Authors: ALA-MUTKA Kirsti
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC56310
ISBN: 978-92-79-14855-2
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24149 EN
OPOCE LF-NA-24149-EN-C
URI: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=3059
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC56310
DOI: 10.2791/36566
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: In 2008, as part of its policy support for DG Education and Culture, IPTS launched a study to explore the innovative social and pedagogical approaches to learning that are emerging in new ICT-enabled collaborative settings. This is the final report on the project. Lifelong learning plays a crucial role in society today as jobs, and the skills they require, are changing. Recent technological and social developments in online settings have the potential to support lifelong learning in new ways. Online collaborative spaces can support both intentional and non-intentional learning in new ways through various forms of participation. These online platforms, networks and communities support learning all the key competences for lifelong learning, including new transversal skills pand personal growth in a social context. However, ensuring digital fluency and self-regulated learning skills for all becomes a crucial challenge and enabler for lifelong learning. Furthermore, individuals need to be prepared for and interested in learning. Communities can encourage their members to participate and learn with a sociable, openly-managed and devleoping culture. The report argues that online networks and communities can contribute to all the major European Education and Traning policy objectives, i.e. modernising education institutions to supoort the lifelong learning continuum with new opportunities for equity, quality and efficiency, and learning new competences and transversal skills. However, a new learner-centred approach for lifelong learning by learners, education providers and employers is needed. All education stakeholders should engage in developing lifelong learning opportunities through collaboration and new pertnerships.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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