Learning 2.0 for an Inclusive Knowledge Society – ..
Learning 2.0 for an Inclusive Knowledge Society – understanding the picture
Start date: Nov 1, 2009,
It is increasingly argued that Web 2.0 can empower resistant learners and excluded groups by offering them new opportunities for self-realization through collaborative learning, and by changing the nature of education itself. Personal learning environments will replace formal education, with no separation between, school, home and work. Yet the evidence base for these conclusions is fragmented and contested. There is also counter evidence that Web 2.0 can reinforce exclusion and reduce learning outcomes. LINKS-UP will thus explore three main issues: is Learning 2.0 really supporting inclusive life-long learning? can isolated experiments be mainstreamed? is Learning 2.0 fundamentally changing the educational landscape? LINKS-UP will build on the results of what has been done so far; create synergies and collaborative working between currently isolated innovations in the field, and valorise state of the art to produce and test new pedagogic approaches and tools to support inclusive lifelong learning. Drawing on the results of 20 case studies of examples of Learning 2.0 for inclusion- identifying success factors and barriers - the subsequent ‘Innovation Laboratory’ for ‘Learning 2.0 for inclusion will support knowledge-sharing between five existing initiatives; develop new approaches and tools drawing on the pooled expertise and test them in five learning experiments to explore whether and in what ways they improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current Learning 2.0 approaches for inclusion. The main outcomes are policy recommendations; design principles; good practices; benchmarks; pedagogic and technical tools to support Learning 2.0 for inclusion. Expected impacts are improved digital, technical and social skills for the following groups in the pilot sites: 800 students with learning difficulties; 450 hard to reach adult learners; 12,600 young people with disability and long-term illness; 5,200 immigrants; 2300 unemployed young people.
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