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Report
Potential of Social Software to
support Learning Networks
for Sustainable Development
Authors:
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Joop de Kraker, Open Universiteit Nederland
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Ron Cörvers, Open Universiteit Nederland
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Pieter Valkering, Maastricht University
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Martijn Hermans, e-linQ
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Christine Ruelle, Université de Liège
Presentation:
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Introduction
Towards learning networks 2.0?
Prototype design
Cases: RCE-Network, Learn4SUN
Introduction:
Learning Networks for Sustainable Development
Education
Research
Innovation
Knowledge triangle for (regional) sustainable development
Introduction:
Learning Networks for Sustainable Development
civil stakeholders
policy makers
etc.
Education
Research
Innovation
Knowledge triangle for regional sustainable development
Introduction:
Learning Networks for Sustainable Development
Sustainable development is a multi-actor process:
exchange & integrate a diversity of
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types of knowledge & expertise
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perspectives
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interests
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Joint Learning Process (mutual & collective)
Introduction:
Regional Learning Networks for Sustainable Development
Definition Learning Network
Partnership of actors aiming at innovation through
knowledge sharing and/or collaborative knowledge
development
Introduction:
Regional Learning Networks for Sustainable Development
Examples Learning Network
Intraregional (learning within a region):
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RCE: develop innovative approaches to education for sustainable
development
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SUN: develop innovative approaches in sustainable urban
development
Interregional (learning between regions):
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RCE-network: exchange and share innovative approaches, learn
from diversity
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Learning Networks for SD:
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Institutionalised, participants often representatives
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Face-to-face meetings
Online social networks:
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Self-organizing, individual-based
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Virtual interactions
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
million
Regional Learning 9
Networks
for SD:
500
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Institutionalised,
participants
represent
organisations
users in NL
million
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Face-to-face meetings
(>50%)
70
million
Online social networks:
•users
Self-organizing, Individual-based
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Virtual interactions
users
Web 2.0
- more creative
- more participatory
- more socializing
• Content (co-)creation: weblogs, wiki’s
• Voice: rating & review systems
• Profiling / socializing: sharing your identity, life
• Exchange / socializing: sharing media, taste
• Real-time communication: audio, video
• Information collection and filtering: news feeds
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Explore the potential of web 2.0 technologies
to support learning networks for SD:
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stimulate participation & networking
enhance interactivity & sharing
foster creativity & collaboration
support self-organisation
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Downes’ principles of effective learning networks
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Autonomy
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Downes’ principles of effective learning networks
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Autonomy
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Interactivity
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Downes’ principles of effective learning networks
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Autonomy
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Interactivity
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Diversity
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Downes’ principles of effective learning networks
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Autonomy
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Interactivity
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Diversity
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Openness
Towards Learning Networks 2.0?
Consultation of regional SD practitioners:
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Blending of face-to-face and virtual interactions
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Quality assurance: “extended peer review” ?
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Continuity: shared interests, clear benefits
Case: Learn4SUN
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SUN partners: 5 cities/neighbourhoods;
4 universities; 5 public & private agencies
goal at regional level: to develop a common strategy for
sustainable neighbourhood development
goals in neighbourhoods: economy, environment, social
Case: RCE-network
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SUN partners: 5 cities/neighbourhoods;
4 universities; 5 public & private agencies
goal at regional level: to develop a common strategy for
sustainable neighbourhood development
goals in neighbourhoods: economy, environment, social
Case: Learn4SUN
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SUN: Euregional project in Sustainable
Urban Neighbourhood Development
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Learn4SUN: web2.0 environment to
support SUN as learning network
Case: Learn4SUN
SUN project structure
Case: Learn4SUN
SUN learning network
- meetings
- e-mail
- intranet
- website
Case: Learn4SUN
• Web 2.0 features to support SUN as learning network:
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Easy translation of textual contributions
Co-creation of position papers with wiki’s
Rating & feedback for quality assurance
Profiles of participants for networking & matching expertise
supply-demand
Blogs from action leaders & researchers
Online citizen groups for energy saving
Online citizen forums for monitoring Quality of Life
Feeds from other SUN-like initiatives
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Case: Learn4SUN
• Elgg social networking platform
Public website / portal
Personal home page /
user profile
Groups / communities
Case: Learn4SUN
Public website / portal
Personal home page / user
profile
Groups / communities
Preliminary conclusions
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Potential of learning networks 2.0:
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Shared interest: Quality of Life monitor (Energy)
Or: wait for next generation?
Dilemma of learning networks 2.0:
non-hierarchic, user-centred, open regional innovation network
Versus
- hierarchic, interest-driven, closed regional power networks
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