International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 10-12th April 2006
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Networked Learning and Social Action: a social informatics perspective

Steve Walker and Linda Creanor
Leeds Metropolitan University, Glasgow Caledonian University


This paper considers networked learning in the context of civil society organisations concerned centrally with some form of social action. We briefly outline some recurring characteristics of learning, and in particular networked learning, interventions in such social action settings. We introduce the concept of sociotechnical interaction network from the social informatics literature and apply it to identify and to analyse three aspects of networked learning, drawing on case material from transnational trade union education. Finally we identify issues for further research highlighted by this model.


Networked learning, social informatics, social action

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney

Ronghuai Huang,

Beijing Normal University

Vera A. Solis, Universidad Centroamericana

Lawrence Hamburg, Higher Education Academy

Sten Ludvigsen, Intermedia, Oslo

Lancaster University


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