Analysing Networked Learning Practices in Higher Education and Continuing Professional Development

Dirckinck-Holmfield, Lone; Jones, Chris and Lindström, Berner eds. (2009). Analysing Networked Learning Practices in Higher Education and Continuing Professional Development. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.



This book provides an essential resource for researchers and practitioners in the area of networked learning. Networked learning is learning in which information and communication technology is used to promote connections: between one learner and other learners; between learners and tutors and between a learning community and its learning resources. Informed by theory this book provides insights into the growing area of educational practice that is covered by the term networked learning. The collection is written in a way that is accessible and useful for both researchers and practitioners. Written by experienced European researchers the chapters in this collection represent a major contribution to the development of a body of research evidence in the field. The collection is the outcome of a research team that was funded by the European Union as part of the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence. The range of topics and the theoretical development of ideas in the collection demonstrate the vibrancy of the research community that has developed in the area of networked learning. Whilst the chapters are always rooted in practice they also contribute to a complex understanding of the changes that are taking place in education at a time when digital networks have become an essential part of the learning environment. This volume will prove valuable for those working in higher education and professional development.

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