International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 10-12th April 2006
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Blending Formal and Informal Learning within an International Learning Network

J Cook (1), A S Basiel (2), W L Mitchell (3), T H Mohammed (4) and R Commins (2)
(1) London Metropolitan University , (2),UK; Middlesex University UK; (3) British Council, UK; (4) Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine


Recent work on online, formal and informal learning raises important questions. To what extent can online learning communities also be informal learning communities? What ‘community building' issues are raised in the context of international learning networks? In the paper we will (i) briefly describe a new case study of a learning network (part of the JISC ‘Case Studies in e-Learning Practice' project), (ii) present a framework that builds on the notions of people, policies and purpose but which is supplemented by notions of informal learning, and finding ‘common ground', (iii) illustrate the framework using examples from the case study and follow-up research, and (iv) conclude by drawing out key issues raised by our work.


Internationalisation; Formal, Non-formal and Informal Learning; Learning Networks; Grounding, Online Communities

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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


Higher Education Academy

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