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 |2 pages

PART I Foundations

chapter 1|20 pages

Introduction: Networked Learning and Learning Networks

ByPeter Goodyear, Lucila Carvalho

chapter 3|23 pages

Framing the Analysis of Learning Network Architectures

ByPeter Goodyear, Lucila Carvalho

part |8 pages

PART II Learning Networks

chapter 4|15 pages

Peep: Peer Support for Programing

ByLucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear, Dewa Wardak, Rob Saunders

chapter 6|16 pages

Professional Learning and a National Community of Practice for

ByTeachers Leading Local Curriculum Change

chapter 10|13 pages

Qstream: Learning in the ‘In-between’

ByDavid Ashe, Pippa Yeoman, 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

iSpot: Your Place to Share Nature

ByAna Pinto, Kate Thompson, Chris Jones, Doug Clow

part |2 pages

PART III Synthesis