Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Trentin G. From distance education to virtual communities of practice: the wide range of possibilities for using the Internet in continuous education and training. In: International Journal on e-learning, vol. 1 (1) pp. 55 - 66. AACE, 2002.
Continuous education and training has become a specific need in many professional areas. In this light, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can play a key role, offering resources that open up new opportunities for managing and actively participating in the learning process. In recent years several of possible approaches have been conceived, developed and tested; these range from using the network to deliver structured learning material to running online courses based on collaborative learning strategies. Drawing on observations and results from numerous experiences already conducted in this field, this article proposes a taxonomy of possible methodological approaches to the use of the Internet in continuous education and training for adults. Special attention will be dedicated to examine the specificity of these approaches and the conditions of their applicability. Accordingly, the paper is divided into two sections. The first categorizes the various types of online support for education, highlighting the different levels of interactivity brought about between the actors in the process (learners, tutors, experts, learning materials, etc.). The second section draws on the considerations made about those same levels of interactivity to examine the conditions for applying the various approaches described in the proposed taxonomy.
URL: http://www.editlib.org/p/8393
Subject E-learning
Educational technology
Communities of learning

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