Building and Sustaining a Lifelong Adult Learning Network

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What happens when a group of co-learners engage in a continuous lifelong learning community in the context of rapid changes in both the use of ICT in learning and the curriculum?This paper describes a longitudinal study from 1995 to 2010 into the design and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in an adult e-learning community operating at Paideia University - one of the world’s first ‘virtual’ universities, based in The Netherlands. Working in partnership with Charles Sturt University in Australia, the Paideia study began at a time when all universities were seeking to understand the virtual university model and to dis-cover which path to follow as learning and teaching online was about to change the adult learning landscape. The underlying theoretical framework of social constructivism, was supported at Paideia by its original ‘virtual university’ curriculum model for dialogue and peer learning techniques. The participants in this study shared a unique desire to seek alternative ways to learn beyond what was offered by conventional practice and universities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI 2013
Subtitle of host publication5th International conference: Online communities and social computing
EditorsA Ant Ozok, Panayiotis Zaphiris
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Las Vegas USA, New Zealand
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

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ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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