iSpot: your place to share nature

Pinto, Ana; Thompson, Kate; Jones, Chris and Clow, Doug (2014). iSpot: your place to share nature. In: Carvalho, Lucila and Goodyear, Peter eds. The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 225–238.



Learning happens anywhere, anytime, anyhow, and the iSpot network has been created to capitalize on these learning moments of everyday life. iSpot is an British-based social network developed by the UK Open University (OU) as part of a larger project called Open Air Laboratories (OPAL). The iSpot website brings together those who enjoy the thrill of observing and identifying natural species, irrespective of their level of expertise or interest. Whether it is a child exploring the environment with parents, an adult interested in informally learning about new species, an enrolled student from the OU or an expert biologist, the iSpot learning network caters for everyone with an interest in the natural world.

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