Learning 2.0

Learning 2.0: A Study on the Impact of Web 2.0 Innovations on Education and Training in Europe

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Starting date: January 2008
Duration: 12 months

Client: European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture, Unit Jean Monet, partnerships and relations with agencies (EAC A3)


Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the impact of web 2.0 trends on the field of learning and education in Europe and to see where Europe stands in terms of using web 2.0 innovations in the domain of learning. The rapid growth of social computing or web 2.0 applications and supporting technologies (E.g. blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networking sites, sharing of bookmarks, VoIP and P2P services), both in terms of number of users/subscribers and in terms of usage patterns leads to the fact that the phenomena are also increasingly being used in the educational field and for learning purposes. As it enables different types of learning and teaching settings (formal, non-formal and informal), it is an important driver of innovation in learning. 

Description: The Learning 2.0 study

    1. Identified and analysed the existing practices and related success factors of major web 2.0 initiatives in the field of learning in Europe;
    2. Looked at the innovative dimension of using web 2.0 for learning;
    3. Analysed the position of Europe vs. the rest of the world in terms of quantitative and qualitative use of innovative Learning 2.0 approaches;
    4. Discussed the potential of social computing applications to (re)-connect groups at risk-of-exclusion;
    5. Proposed avenues for further research and policy-making.

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Project Leader: Christine Redecker, Christine.Redecker(at)ec.europa.eu

Theme Leader: Yves Punie, yves.punie(at)ec.europa.eu