Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Bottino R. M. On-line learning networks: framework and scenarios. In: Education and Information Technologies, vol. 12 (2) pp. 93 - 105. I. Selwood (ed.). Springer Science, 2007.
The idea of using the internet as a platform to mediate social interactions and learning at different levels has progressively affirming itself, and this has given rise to a huge number of spontaneous and planned collectives, which are often described as on-line learning networks. On-line learning networks create value through the combination of content and people's knowledge. They can vary widely in the strength and permanence of their connections and the resources necessary to maintain them. Aspects of both a pragmatic and social nature need to be carefully considered in the process of initiation of on-line learning communities. This paper considers learning networks from the perspective of the potential they offer to the strengthening of relationships among institutions, groups, and people sharing a common interest in computer-enhanced learning. Some case studies are analysed and an analytical framework is sketched out to guide observations and to provide a lens through which case studies can be interpreted. The final goal is to delineate a reference for identifying strong and weak elements in virtual networks and to examine under what conditions they are succeeding. In addition, some possible scenarios for on-line networks are delineated along two main lines: the organisation and structure of the network and its level of establishment.
DOI: 10.1007/s10639-007-9030-z
Subject Learinng networks
Online networks
Technology-enhanced learning
Networking process

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