Regional Speaker – Learning Ecologies for Lifelong Learning: A Roadmap for Research
Recorded: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 am HST
Duration: 60 minutes
The concept of learning ecology, described as “a set of contexts made up of configurations of activities, materials, resources and relations generated in physical or virtual spaces, which provide opportunities for learning” (Barron, 2004:6), is the starting point of our research, as a means of linking lifelong learning with lifelong education.
Potential learning spaces are neither developed in a linear fashion nor linked to a specific geographical setting. Through the use of ICT, the space or setting for learning aimed at professional development and updating of skills becomes greater and expands geometrically. Each professional is therefore presented with a wider and more varied range of possibilities from which to create a complex structure of interlinked relations and components. This learning ecology becomes a personal strategy for professional development and relations, regardless if learning involves formal or informal activities.
Professor Albert Sangrà is Director of the eLearn Center at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Cataluna, UOC), Director of the M.Sc. program in Education and ICT (e-learning) and full professor at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department. He is a member of the Edul@b research group in the eLearn Center.