The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks explores the characteristics of productive networked learning situations and, through a series of case studies, identifies some of the key qualities of successful designs. The case studies include networks from a variety of disciplinary and professional fields, including graphic design, chemistry, health care, library science, and teacher education. These learning networks have been implemented in a variety of settings: undergraduate courses in higher education, continuing professional development, and informal networks for creating and sharing knowledge on a particular topic. They are rich in reusable design ideas.

The book introduces a framework for analyzing learning networks to show how knowledge, human interaction and physical and digital resources combine in the operation of productive learning networks. The book also argues that learning through interaction in networks has a long history. It combines ideas from architecture, anthropology, archaeology, education, sociology and organizational theory to illustrate and understand networked forms of learning.

part I|70 pages


chapter 1|20 pages


Networked Learning and Learning Networks
ByPeter Goodyear, Lucila Carvalho

chapter 2|25 pages

Productive Learning Networks

The Evolution of Research and Practice
ByPeter Goodyear

chapter 3|23 pages

Framing the Analysis of Learning Network Architectures

ByPeter Goodyear, Lucila Carvalho

part II|186 pages

Learning Networks

chapter |6 pages

Introduction to the Case Studies

ByLucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear

chapter 4|15 pages


Peer Support for Programing
ByLucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear, Dewa Wardak, Rob Saunders

chapter 5|15 pages

Creating a Peer-Driven Learning Network in Higher Education

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Facilitate Online Dialogue and Collaboration
ByHanne Westh Nicolajsen, Thomas Ryberg

chapter 7|14 pages

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)

A Small Computer to Serve a Big Cause
ByMartin Parisio, Kate Thompson, Tracy Richardson, Rangan Srikhanta

chapter 8|13 pages

Diseña el Cambio

Helping Mexican School Children to Design a Better World
ByCrighton Nichols, David Ashe

chapter 9|16 pages

Biebkracht: Library Professionals Empowered Through An Interorganizational Learning Network

Design Principles and Evolution
ByMarlies Bitter-Rijpkema, Steven Verjans, Wim Didderen, Peter Sloep

chapter 10|13 pages


Learning in the ‘In-between'
ByDavid Ashe, Pippa Yeoman, Tim Shaw

chapter 11|12 pages

Isqua Knowledge

Fostering a Sense of Community for the Emerging Field of Quality in Health Care
ByDewa Wardak, Paul Parker, Tim Shaw

chapter 12|16 pages

The Synaptic Leap

Open Science Combating Disease
ByPaul Parker, Beat Schwendimann, Kate Thompson, Matthew Todd

chapter 13|16 pages

Virtual Choir

Sharing Experiences of Singing Together Apart
ByLucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear

chapter 14|14 pages


Your Place to Share Nature
ByAna Pinto, Kate Thompson, Chris Jones, Doug Clow

chapter 15|18 pages

Utilizing Informal Teacher Professional Development Networks Using the Network Awareness Tool

ByMaarten de Laat, Bieke Schreurs, Rory Sie

part III|20 pages


chapter 16|18 pages


Set Design, Epistemic Design and the Functioning of Learning Networks
ByLucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear