Networked professional learning

20 November 2012
Peter Sloep
Peter Sloep

Join us on November 20 for a CoCo Seminar by Professor Peter Sloep titled "Networked professional learning".

A Learning Networks is an online social network that has been designed specifically to facilitate learning (professional development). It may be viewed as a dynamic collection of communities, that wax and wane, come to overlap and drift apart in response to the participants needs and wants. In such a community professional development (learning) and being professionally active can become two sides of the same coin.

In a Learning Network, learning takes place by accessing relevant resources. These are in the first instance the Learning Network's participants themselves. They are the primary sources of expertise. They then adopt a teaching role and direct fellow participants to (online) artefacts or other experts they know. However, they will also act as providers of all kinds of support - as learning coaches, mentors, critical friends, business contacts.

The great potential of the Learning Network concept lies in its facilitating the exploration and exploitation of the weak links between its participants. They are the as yet unknown sources of new knowledge and support. This is achieved by equipping the Learning Network with a variety of request-and-recommend tools that support its participants in every needed way.

Many of these tools are similar to what existing social network sites offer. However, ordinary social networks do only see their participants as the means to the end of securing income, through advertisements or selling their profiling data. This is reflected in the tools they offer.

A Learning Network, rather, is a social network that seeks to serve the learning needs of its participants. The tools developed for it should reflect this orientation.

This seminar will be available live online at

Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Location: Education Building (A35), Room 230

Cost: Free

Contact: Sadhbh Warren

Phone: 9351 2612

Email: 0d570201151210305c552e7a09521e54000d

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