Searching for “people like me” in a lifelong learning system

Van Labeke, Nicolas; Magoulas, George and Poulovassilis, Alexandra (2009). Searching for “people like me” in a lifelong learning system. In: EC-TEL'09 - Fourth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, 29 Sep - 2 Oct 2009, Nice (France), Springer, pp. 106–111.



The L4All system allows learners to record and share learning pathways through educational offerings, with the aim of facilitating progression from Secondary Education, through to Further Education and on to Higher Education. It provides facilities for learners to create, maintain and share their own 'timeline' (a chronological record of their learning, work and personal episodes) with other users, in order to foster collaborative elaboration of future goals and aspirations. This paper describes the design of the system's personalised mechanism for searching for "people like me", presents the results from an evaluation session held with a group of mature learners, and identifies recommendations arising from this evaluation which have led to further development of the system.

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