Learning Individuals and Learning Communities – Informal Learning in 2025

This Paper presents the Learnovation vision within and around the area of informal learning. More specifically it concerns three “eLearning territories”: individual development through e-Learning, non-professional learning communities and communities generating learning as a side effect. What these three territories have in common is that learning is not organised or structured, nor necessarily intentional from the learner’s perspective.

A key assumption when understanding the Learnovation Vision of ICT for informal learning is that the internet is no longer seen as a “medium” for learning, but rather a “learning playground” where people can search for the tools and contents they prefer and, more importantly, with the aid of web 2.0 technologies people can create, share, exchange, remix their own contents and learn through knowledge and experience exchange and sharing. Peer learning and changing roles of “who teaches whom” are also typical for these three territories. The roles of provider–consumer are altering: learning is no longer about “consuming” the learning products but more about collaborating in an exercise where each learner can create his/her own knowledge patrimony and learn within the aid of tools and peers. Also, these territories are characterised by speed of development and adaption of new technologies and trends. Furthermore, adoption and even participation in the development of new tools and services is faster here than in formal learning settings.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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