To mark the end of the 2009 as the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning UOC is offering an international platform for presenting OSL related research and practices, with an eye on mapping new trends in the field of open online education at all levels. We will discuss the theoretical foundations of collective knowledge production in social networks on the Internet (connectivism, collectivism, constructivism, Edupunks), present research and case studies from various continents, assess the possibilities offered by an emerging mode of learning involving a high level of self-learning based on the peer-to-peer support. Different designs, tools and functionalities of social learning networks will be evaluated.
The main scope behind this analysis is to evaluate the possibility of using tools of social networking for teaching and training in a formal educational setting as well as the possibility of offering subjects using open social networks.
The seminar aims for researchers, teachers and educators at all institutional levels to gain a more profound understanding of what constitutes innovation and knowledge creation in the learning and teaching practice, thus helping the stakeholders to accelerate and strengthen the impact of educational technologies.
The working language of the Seminar is English.