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Title: New informal ways of learning: Or are we formalising the informal?
Other Titles: Nuevas formas de aprendizaje informales: ¿o estamos formalizando lo informal?
Author: Sangrà Morer, Albert
Wheeler, Steve
Others: Plymouth University
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. eLearn Center (eLC)
Keywords: learning evidences
informal learning
user-generated content
Issue Date: 15-Jan-2013
Publisher: RUSC. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento
Citation: Sangrà Morer, A. & Wheeler, S. (2013). Nuevas formas de aprendizaje informales: ¿o estamos formalizando lo informal?. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento, 10(1), 286-293. doi: 10.7238/rusc.v10i1.1689
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Abstract: Informal learning is currently seen by some authors as a shift in current educational systems. Based on a trend instigated by connectivism, whereby informal networks are created between people who help each other to learn, it seems to be an alternative to traditional ways of teaching and learning. New technologies are key to the development of these informal learning models. Thus, digital Open Educational Resources (OER) and, more recently, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are two different yet related ways of making such development possible. While still emerging and growing, some of these ways appear to be attempts at formalising the informal. Based on traditional transmissive models, some of the models that have been developed are simply makeovers of the old ones, albeit using new technologies to achieve their goals. This article presents a critical review of the latest developments in informal learning, and points out the need for evidence-based research to establish what actual learning can be attained informally.
Language: English
ISSN: 1698-580XMIAR
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2013, vol. 10, núm. 1

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