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Welcome from the Networked Learning Conference series

We are very pleased to welcome you to the 7th International Networked Learning Conference.

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 University


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
Aalborg Municipality

We are pleased to see you all here in Aalborg.

Warm regards
Dean, Professor Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld & Associate Professor, Thomas Ryberg




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