Topic outline

  • TC02-Networked Learning

    An active knowledge exchange of the net generation takes place on the Internet in several networks. The main objective of the module is the systematic use of this potential in the education. The module gives an introduction to the network theory and to the connectivism as a learning theory. The module introduces in use of interactive 2.0 tools in the networks. In this module the teachers will explore the ways of collaborative network learning, of collaborative knowledge building and of educational knowledge management. They will create e-portfolios, they will learn how to use e-portfolios and how to organize the learning into network.


    The goal of the Networked Learning module is to try and develop the pedagogical use of interactive web 2.0 tools. The themes:

    • e-portfolios
    • social networks
    • blogs
    • social bookmarking
    • game-based learning

    The modules contain a variety of tasks. In the introduction the obligatory tasks are indicated, all other tasks are voluntary activities and should be chosen and worked in agreement with the Tutor. The obligatory tasks are:

    - to create a well-structured e-portfolio
    - participation in a social network, invitation of students and colleagues and knowledge sharing in the network
    - to lead an educational blog (reflexion on the course)
    - to use delicious as a social bookmarking tool and to save some contributions
    - to create a lesson plan about the pedagogical use of games

    In such a network, knowledge sharing amongst learners is much better developed. Learners store a vast amount of the curriculum in their own electronic portfolios. Learning blogs, wikis, forums, social networks (independently created contents) offer additional resources. Learners can also be connected to experts, learners and tutors from other institutions and older people. They can intensively use the syllabus-archives created by learners from other institutions. Tutors participate in the network and store their own knowledge in their own e-portfolios. Learning becomes collective knowledge management based on many weak ties, and not on the central role of the teacher or the formalized syllabus. Apart from a few strong ties, (since the strategic guidance of the tutors may still remain important), the network is made up of very varied, heterogeneous weak ties. The network remains strong: if the tutor falls out of the system, the stored knowledge elements and the weak ties that can be mobilized do not allow the network to collapse or weaken.

    Learning objectives

  • Topic 1

    What are the main competencies? A self assessment test

  • Topic 2

  • Topic 3

    Credited assignments