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The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks Paperback – 4 Mar 2014

ISBN-13: 978-0415816564 ISBN-10: 0415816564

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"Since the dawn of history, networks have been the primary source of learning. In this volume, the reader will learn about how technological innovations extend and reconfigure opportunities for networking in unexpected and exciting directions. A most welcome account of how we may design future learning."

--Professor Roger Säljö, Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

"In this important new work, Carvalho and Goodyear deepen our understanding of ‘learning networks as assemblages of tools, artifacts, people, ideas and practices.’ The text succeeds in extracting important architectural patterns of productive network activity, thereby helping us to re-contextualize social learning practices of the past and create new, emergent learning possibilities for our networked lives."

--Dr. Terry Anderson, Professor in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada; co-author of Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

"Carvalho and Goodyear fuse learning theory and architecture in a stimulating exploration of how to design networks for social learning. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand or invent the future of learning."

--Dr. Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK; Academic Lead at Futurelearn

"This volume offers a fresh prospect on networked learning, drawing on architectural imagining as a leitmotif. I recommend it to all designers of instructional systems--it will change the way that you think about what you do."

--Timothy Koschmann, Southern Illinois University

"It is exciting to read the case studies about the designs (architectures) for productive Learning Networks that have been used for a variety of topic areas in Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and around the world. A valuable collection for online teachers and researchers that illustrates how particular design solutions facilitate and shape learning activities and outcomes."

--Starr Roxanne Hiltz, author of The Virtual Classroom: Learning Without Limits via Computer Networks (1994), and co-author of Learning Networks (1997) and Learning Together Online (2005).

"The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks brings together an intriguing and insightful set of ideas and concepts to develop an architectural framework for analysing learning networks design. The book is full of fascinating case study examples to which the framework is applied. Each case study is written by experienced networked learning researchers and designers. The book editors assist the reader throughout the book with their thoughtful introduction to the framework and synthesis of the case studies. They draw on an array of valuable ideas that offer new ways to theorise and generate knowledge for design. This book is definitely a welcome and important addition to the field of networked learning and design for learning."

--Vivien Hodgson, Professor of Networked Managment Learning, Lancaster University Management School, UK

About the Author

Lucila Carvalho is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CoCo Research Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD combined research in design, learning technology and the sociology of knowledge. She has studied and carried out research in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Brazil. She has presented her work at various international conferences in the fields of education, sociology, systemic functional linguistics, design and software engineering.

Peter Goodyear is Professor of Education, Australian Laureate Fellow and Co-Director of the CoCo Research Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has been carrying out research in the field of learning and technology since the early 1980s, working in the UK, Europe and Australia. He has published eight books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

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