Learning in Informal Online Networks and Communities

Lifelong learning plays a crucial role in society today as jobs, and the skills they require, are changing.
Recent technological and social developments in online settings have the potential to support lifelong
learning in new ways. Online collaborative spaces can support both intentional and non-intentional
learning in new ways through various forms of participation. These online platforms, networks and
communities support learning all the key competences for lifelong learning, including new transversal
skills and personal growth in a social context. However, ensuring digital fluency and self-regulated learning
skills for all becomes a crucial challenge and enabler for lifelong learning. Furthermore, individuals need
to be prepared for and interested in learning. Communities can encourage their members to participate
and learn with a sociable, openly-managed and developing culture. The report argues that online networks and communities can contribute to all the major European Education and Training policy objectives, i.e. modernising educational institutions to support the lifelong learning continuum with new opportunities for equity, quality and efficiency, and learning key competences and transversal skills. However, a new learner-centred approach for lifelong learning by learners, education providers and employers is needed. All education stakeholders should engage in developing lifelong learning opportunities through collaboration and new partnerships.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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