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Links-up .. the Project: Activities

First Phase

The project activities are based on an ‘action learning’ approach. Links-up builds on the results of what has been done so far, through a review of the academic and research literature, and a ‘mapping’ of programmes and projects involved in ‘Learning 2.0 for Inclusion’. Read the Literature Review on the topic in our e-library.

Second Phase

We carried out 20 case studies of examples of ‘Learning 2.0 for Inclusion’ initiatives; highlighting success factors and barriers. The learning from these initial research activities will feed into this web-based platform. This resulted in an online ‘Innovation Laboratory’ a range of resources for further research and action research. You can download this publication here or browse among the Cases online. 

Third Phase

These resources are now being used in five ‘action research experiments’ with ‘live’ initiatives currently providing support to disadvantaged groups. A set of supporting evaluation and dissemination activities will enable external stakeholders and public to join in the work of the project, by sharing their own experiences; commenting on the work of Links-up and taking part in online discussions:

Contributing on the Links-up website: by registering on the website, you can comment the cases and can add your observations which will then feed into the overall reflections. You may also join us in the discussion via

Facebook;    Slideshare;      on Youtube;       local podcasts

Research - Action research

Links-Up has recently entered into the core phase of its action-research approach, by implementing on-the-field experiments, aiming analysing the three general Links-Up research questions through five “innovation laboratories”:

1. Is learning 2.0 really supporting inclusive life-long learning?
2. Can isolated experiments be mainstreamed?
3. Is learning 2.0 fundamentally changing the educational landscape?

The laboratories have already started and will end in October-November 2011, though a follow-up will be carried out until the end of the whole project, according to the action-research approach adopted by Links-up.

Action-research focuses on gathering and analysing data to assess the nature and scope of changes brought about by an innovative intervention. The innovative intervention in our case is the use of Web 2.0 to supplement existing learning practices.

We want to deepen our understandings of how social Web is being used to support new forms of learning and new ways of supporting inclusion in real-life situations that reflect particular configurations of technological choices and attributes; learning scenarios, pedagogic models and tools; institutional arrangements; target users and objectives; outcomes.

The evaluation design adopts a multi-methodological approach combining qualitative and quantitative aspects through interviews, questionnaires, observation etc.., in order to examine ‘success’ and ‘failure’ factors and impact on individuals, organisations and communities.

Supporting the online dissemination effort, we also carried out a series of ‘Learning Dialogues’ in which project partners  joined with ‘action research’ partners and other groups and individuals working in this field to review and share what is being done and what is being learned: the last Learning Dialogue took place during the 2011 EDEN Annual Conference in Dublin during the open Links-up Workshop. As a follow-up of the Final Conference, an extra Online Learning Dialogue was added in the format of a Webinar in October 2011. The presentations of the last webinar summarizing the project results are downloadable in all 4 languages. The Webinar was recorded and can be viewed online.


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Information about Links-up in Dutch, German and Italian is available at the e-Library of the project.