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Learning 2.0: Case Database

  • Authors: Christine Redecker (editor)
  • EUR Number: Technical Note JRC 51916
  • Publication date: 5/2009

Abstract

Over the last few years, “web 2.0” or “social computing” applications like blogs, wikis, photo- and video-sharing sites, as well as online social networking sites and virtual worlds, have seen an unprecedented take up. This has changed the way people access, manage and exchange knowledge, and the way they connect and interact. This trend is accompanied by the emergence of structurally different learning styles, especially among young people.
Due to the novelty of social computing, take up in education and training is still in an experimental phase. There are various small-scale projects and initiatives all over Europe, which try to exploit social computing for a multitude of learning purposes. However, data and scientific evidence on these Learning 2.0 projects is scarce. The present Case Database collects together some 250 Learning 2.0 initiatives in Europe and the rest of the world, in order to outline the scope and potential of social computing applications for education and training (E&T) organisations. While the collection is not a representative sample, it does provide an overview of the richness of Learning 2.0, indicating the multiplicity of ways in which social computing applications may improve learning patterns, give rise to new learning opportunities and transform E&T organisations.

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