Welcome from the Networked Learning Conference series
We are very pleased to welcome you to the 7th International Networked
The Networked Learning conference series began 12 years ago and has become
a major event for the dissemination and discussion of research in the
area of technology enhanced and supported learning.
After a very successful conference in Halkidiki, Greece in 2008 the conference
this year moves to Denmark and is hosted by our colleagues at Aalborg
University. Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld and Thomas Ryberg and their colleagues
at Aalborg have all worked extremely hard in preparing this year's conference
In addition to the conference itself there has been an extremely exciting
series of hosted online hot seats leading up to the conference. We hope
you have found the hot seats both stimulating and valuable. A special
“thank you” goes to Maarten de Laat of the Dutch OU for a
tremendous job in organising this new addition to the conference
We hope everyone will enjoy the 2010 conference which, as usual, comprises
many interesting symposia and papers. We are sure that the pre-conference
hot seats, being in Aalborg and the high quality research papers will
lead to lots of stimulating and valuable discussions throughout the conference.
Vivien Hodgson and David McConnell Lancaster University and Glasgow Caledonian
Welcome from the organisers at Aalborg University
We are very happy to welcome you to Aalborg University and to Aalborg
City as the venue for the 7th International Networked Learning Conference
in May 2010.
Aalborg University has been one of the pioneers in the Danish context
to work with networked learning from both a practice and research perspective.
Aalborg University is a fairly young university, established in 1974,
it was founded on the pedagogical concept of problem and project based
learning (the Aalborg PBL model). This concept has been very important
for teaching and learning, but also for research at Aalborg University,
which focuses on real world problems, interdisciplinary approaches, projects,
external collaboration and participatory design.
Already in the late 1980’s the first experiments with networked
learning supported by computer conferencing took place at AAU. The experiments
were based on a PBL approach but extended beyond the physical classroom
by integrating online communities and online collaboration environments.
These early projects were further developed later into pedagogical models
of networked learning for on-campus, as well as off-campus educational
programs, supported by networked technologies and digital media. Along
with the practical experimental approach the theoretical focus has been
on networked learning, computer supported collaborative learning and participatory
approaches to learning and design.
The rise of the network society, as a consequence of simultaneous shifts
in technology, economy and social organisations, makes the networked learning
conference a central, timely and much needed event to bring forward research
on the social, cultural and technological changes, and the new conditions
for learning in the networked society.
The conference is gathering researchers, practitioners, students, and
policy makers from around 14 countries. We are sure that bringing all
our expert knowledge together will provide a unique platform to bring
forward and advance the research on networked learning.
On behalf of the Networked Learning Conference committee, we would like
to thank our sponsors for the conference:
The Research Council of Communication and Culture in Denmark;
The Obel Family Foundation;
IT Vest Collaboration;
The Danish Board of Innovation;
The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, and
We are pleased to see you all here in Aalborg.
Dean, Professor Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld & Associate Professor, Thomas