New directions for lifelong learning using network technologies

Rob Koper*, Colin Tattersall

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    The requirements placed on learning technologies to support lifelong learning differ considerably from those placed on technologies to support particular fragments of a learning lifetime. The time scales involved in lifelong learning, together with its multi‐institutional and episodic nature are not reflected in today’s mainstream learning technologies and their associated architectures. The article presents an integrated model and architecture to serve as the basis for the realisation of networked learning technologies serving the specific needs and characteristics of lifelong learners. The integrative model is called a ‘Learning Network’ (LN) and its requirements and architecture are explored, together with the ways in which its application can help in reducing barriers to lifelong learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)689-700
    Number of pages12
    JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


    • Learning Design
    • Learning Networks
    • Lifelong Learning
    • Architectures


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