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Vision for future learning with ICT and Social Computing


Kirsti Ala-Mutka, Marcelino Cabrera and Yves Punie

IPTS, DG JRC, European Commission

EDEN Conference, Naples, 13-16 June 2007

The views expressed by the authors are not necessarily those of the EC

Eden Conference, Naples, 13-16 June 2007

  • JRC IPTS, e-Applications
  • Learning Spaces vision for future learning
  • Emerging technologies
  • Social computing supporting future learning
  • Challenges
  • Conclusion

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JRC – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

IPTS: Part of DG JRC of the EC: 7 Research Institutes across Europe

Mission: “to provide customer-driven support to the EU policy-making process by researching science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic as well as a scientific/technological dimension”

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e-Applications 2007

Lisbon & i2010

Policy goals

Inclusive IS

Quality of life

Better public services

Innovation and R&D


ICTs for Inclusion

and Quality of Life

ICT for Health

The future of




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learning spaces vision
Learning spaces vision

=> A joint DG JRC/IPTS – DG EAC Workshop held in Seville, 20-21 October 2005

  • An overview of trends and drivers shaping the future of learning in Europe
  • The defining elements of the “learning spaces vision”
  • A discussion of the impacts for inclusion and of the realization of the vision
  • Trends and drivers challenge existing learning and institutional models
  • Lisbon and E&T 2010: need for modernisation and fundamental transformation of E&T in Europe
  • Need for a new vision of Learning in the Knowledge-based Society
  • ICTs have a particular role to play in realizing these changes

The “learning spaces” vision is a holistic attempt to envisage and anticipate future learning needs and requirements in the KBS: - It puts learners at the centre of learning;

- It conceives learning as a social process;

- It sees learners as co-producers in the learning process

- It recognises that guidance and interaction continue to be very important.

- It is acknowledges that thinking about the future of learning is not just about instrumental changes but also about fundamental/normative visions on the meaning of learning and knowledge in the society

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dimensions of ict supported future learning space
Dimensions of ICT supported future learning space

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ict potential for learning spaces
ICT potential for learning spaces
  • Connecting and social – Wifi, VOIP, P2P, Videoconferencing, MySpace, Orkut, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Bebo…
  • Personal – RSS, ATOM, Newsreaders, Google interfaces, future PLEs?
  • Trusted– peer rating and accreditation, bookmark sharing, collaborative content (Wikipedia, Wikiversity, Amazon, Ohmynews, Rate-my-Teacher …)
  • Pleasant and emotional – Second Life, Habbo hotel, gaming, allowing choice!
  • Dedicated for learning – mLearning, simulations, pedagogical design is important!
  • Creative and flexible– Podcasts, Vodcasts, 43Things, YouTube, modularity of curricula!
  • Open and reflexive – Server based tools and platforms, wiki tools, discussion boards, open resources, blogging…
  • Certifying the learning results – ePortfolios, LMSs, competence definitions, references to blogs in news and scientific works …
  • Managing knowledge resources – Searches, metadata, tagging (specialized searches,, CiteULike, page/topic suggestions collected from user behaviour, … )
  • Inclusive– eAccessability approaches, different delivery and presentation media,interest-based communities (ConnectViaBooks), accommodating different learning styles!

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Emerging Social Computing Applications

  • Connectivity:
    • 180 million Skype users
    • P2P represents 60% of all Internet traffic
    • Increasing number of wifi hotspots, wifi sharing…
  • 45% of total web users visit “social networking” sites
    • +/- 1.8 billion web pages viewed/month in EU sites = >57 million every day!
    • YouTube: 120million clips viewed daily
    • MySpace: 116 million users in 3 years, More page views/day than any site on the web
  • 57 Million blogs already exist, 100.000 blogs created per day (+/- 1 each sec).
    • 12% internet users contribute to blogs, 10% of blogs updated weekly
    • Top blogs are amongs most referred news sites
  • Wikipediaavailable in 112 langs with at least 1000 articles (229 overall)
    • 300 000 authors, 1.4 million articles in english, 15th most visited site worldwide.
  • Collaboration platforms and tools:
    • Wikis and blogs increasingly utilized also inhouse
    • Free server-based applications for emailing, chatting, calendar, discussion, office applications, personalized searches and interfaces…
  • Users participate in producing services, ratings, taste: eBay, Ohmynews, Amazon, patent reviewing, monitoring bikelane offenders…
  • → Increased role of the user in supplying content, services and innovations
  • → New models for businesses, work, leisure time

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social computing provides new potential for learning related tasks such as
Social computing provides new potential for learning related tasks, such as…
  • Searching for information (wikipedia, tagging)
  • Following topics of interest (personalized selection of RSS feeds coming from news, blogs, bookmarks, topic sites...)
  • Producing content (open source projects)
  • Building new knowledge in collaboration (wiki/discussion tools)
  • Personal reflection and getting feedback (blogging)
  • Reaching experts and fellows for discussions, advice (topic specific sites)
  • Showing tacit knowledge (“people who read this article, also chose…”)
  • All of these are relevant both for learners and teachers
    • Provide new possibilities also for collaboration between them, and for people to act as both learners and teachers
    • Opening new connections between educational institutions and outside world
  • Can be used for both organized and informal learning

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  • Question of trust
    • Shift from trusting the teacher to trusting communities
    • Question of information quality
  • Need for new skills
    • Skills for learning to use the tools and to use them for learning (both for learners and teachers!)
    • Importance of digital information literacy!
    • Attitude for lifelong and lifewide learning
  • Implementation of the promises
    • Interoperability of tools, resources, databases, education providers
    • Pedagogical models to utilise the opportunities of technologies
    • Relevant and available resources for learning and developing it
  • Use of social computing in the ageing society
  • Acknowledging learning outside formal education
  • eInclusion
    • Digital, social (language, education, money…), regional divides
    • Addressing exclusion (immigrants, marginalised youth, …)

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The unexpected and massive take-up of SC tools cannot by ignored by research and policy and has important implications for learning

  • Moreover, ICT and social computing for learning has a strong potential to contribute to EU social challenges and the renewed Lisbon objectives, such as:
    • Innovative and participative learning approaches can improve the learning results, and contribute to wider participation of people in society (social cohesion)
    • Improved access to learning and updating skills in all phases of life and by communicating with experts improves workers’ skills, contributing to more and better employment
    • New collaboration models in learning inspired by SC models fits stronger with the interactive model of innovation and could lead to more innovation skills in Europe
    • Networked communities provide new possibilities for participation, taking up learning again for e.g. ageing people, unemployed, immigrants (social inclusion)
  • Future learning needs to be considered more holistically
    • Learner-centred view of combining different resources, situations and types of learning, also from the viewpoints of different policies
    • Need for skills and access for tools and for using them for lifelong and lifewide learning!

Social computing in education has a strong potential for addressing EU social challenges and to improve learning and skills in the KBS


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Thank you!

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