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Observation

Web 2.0 learning is not e-learning and requires new organizational schemes

Written by Maria Chiara Pettenati on zondag 06 november 2011 10:44
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With the innovation laboratory we wanted to introduce users to a 2.0 approach.
While we were designing the workshops related to "Tell Your Resume" Pilot, we realised that TRIO regional Web learning system was quite distant from this approach.
The problem was not technological but organizational. TRIO's technological platform can support 2.0 tools and indeed it started to integrate some collaborative tools. By contrast, the organizational setting that was originally designed around the idea of distance learning/e-learning is still the same. Just to give an example, for the selection of participants to the laboratory we used the institutional system adopted by TRIO, which is top-down and based on the interfaces such as local labour agencies. Although these agencies make extensive interviews with unemployed persons, which allow them to access training programs such as TRIO, the system is still regulated by bureaucratic mechanisms. 
Web 2.0 has to do more with bottom-up processes where individuals self-select their networks and resources. Self-motivation is a key aspect.
It was very difficult to recreate this mechanism in the given institutional setting that framed the innovation laboratory. This problem is related to those described in a related Observation. More emphasis should be addressed to the way how participants are selected. A good criteria would be ‘go where they are’. But the problem is that TRIO has not developed a real community on-line, though the web site has thousands of registered users!

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