Designing Learning Networks for Lifelong Learners

Rob Koper

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    As discussed in the preface of this book, Learning Design (LD 2003) can represent many different approaches to learning, such as competency-based learning, problem-based learning or collaborative learning. How-ever, most current designers have some implicit assumptions underlying their designs. Given the current demand for more flexible, self-directed, informal and formal lifelong learning opportunities and the need for more efficient teaching scenarios, these assumptions provide an unnecessary restriction on the set of possible design solutions for a learning problem. In the five-year RTD programme, called ‘Learning Networks: connecting people, organizations, autonomous agents and learning resources to establish the emergence of effective lifelong learning’, we examine a form of education delivery that goes beyond course- and curriculum-centric models, and envisions a learner-centred and learner-controlled model of lifelong learning where learners have the same capabilities as teachers and other staff members have in regular, less learner-centred educational approaches, but without increasing the work-load for learners and staff members. This chapter presents a possible design for such a Learning Network, using LD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLearning Design
    Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook on Modelling and Delivering Networked Education and Training
    EditorsRob Koper, Colin Tattersall
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9783540273608
    ISBN (Print)3540228144, 9783540228141, 9783642061622
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2005


    • Learning Design
    • Educational Modelling
    • Learning Networks
    • Tools
    • e-learning


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