1st Edition

The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks

By Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear Copyright 2014
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    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 One: Foundations

    1 Introduction: networked learning and learning networks

    Peter Goodyear and Lucila Carvalho

    2 Productive learning networks: the evolution of research and practice

    Peter Goodyear

    3 Framing the analysis of learning network architectures

    Peter Goodyear and Lucila Carvalho

    Part Two: Learning Networks

    4 Peep: peer support for programing

    Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear, Dewa Wardak and Rob Saunders

    5 Creating a peer-driven learning network in higher education – using Web 2.0 tools to facilitate online dialogue and collaboration

    Hanne Westh Nicolajsen and Thomas Ryberg

    6 Professional learning and a national community of practice for teachers leading local curriculum change

    Lynn Robinson and Jaime Metcher

    7 One Laptop Per Child (OLPC): a small computer to serve a big cause

    Martin Parisio, Kate Thompson, Tracy Richardson and Rangan Srikhanta

    8 Diseña el Cambio: helping Mexican school children to design a better world

    Crighton Nichols and David Ashe

    9 Biebkracht: library professionals empowered through an inter-organizational learning network – design principles and evolution

    Marlies Bitter-Rijpkema, Steven Verjans, Wim Didderen and Peter Sloep

    10 Qstream: learning in the ‘in-between’

    David Ashe, Pippa Yeoman and Tim Shaw

    11 ISQua Knowledge: fostering a sense of community for the emerging field of quality in health care

    Dewa Wardak, Paul Parker and Tim Shaw

    12 The Synaptic Leap: open science combating disease

    Paul Parker, Beat Schwendimann, Kate Thompson and Matthew Todd

    13 Virtual Choir: sharing experiences of singing together apart

    Lucila Carvalho and Peter Goodyear

    14 iSpot: your place to share nature

    Ana Pinto, Kate Thompson, Chris Jones, and Doug Clow

    15 Utilizing informal teacher professional development networks using the Network Awareness Tool

    Maarten de Laat, Bieke Schreurs and Rory Sie

    Part Three: Synthesis

    16 Synthesis: set design, epistemic design and the functioning of learning networks

    Lucila Carvalho and Peter Goodyear




    Lucila Carvalho is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the CoCo Research Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD combined research in design, learning technology and the sociology of knowledge. She has studied and carried out research in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Brazil. She has presented her work at various international conferences in the fields of education, sociology, systemic functional linguistics, design and software engineering. 

    Peter Goodyear is Professor of Education, Australian Laureate Fellow and Co-Director of the CoCo Research Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has been carrying out research in the field of learning and technology since the early 1980s, working in the UK, Europe and Australia. He has published eight books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

    "Since the dawn of history, networks have been the primary source of learning. In this volume, the reader will learn about how technological innovations extend and reconfigure opportunities for networking in unexpected and exciting directions. A most welcome account of how we may design future learning."

    --Professor Roger Säljö, Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    "In this important new work, Carvalho and Goodyear deepen our understanding of ‘learning networks as assemblages of tools, artifacts, people, ideas and practices.’ The text succeeds in extracting important architectural patterns of productive network activity, thereby helping us to re-contextualize social learning practices of the past and create new, emergent learning possibilities for our networked lives."

    --Dr. Terry Anderson, Professor in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada; co-author of Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

    "Carvalho and Goodyear fuse learning theory and architecture in a stimulating exploration of how to design networks for social learning. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand or invent the future of learning."

    --Dr. Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK; Academic Lead at Futurelearn

    "This volume offers a fresh prospect on networked learning, drawing on architectural imagining as a leitmotif. I recommend it to all designers of instructional systems--it will change the way that you think about what you do."

    --Timothy Koschmann, Southern Illinois University

    "It is exciting to read the case studies about the designs (architectures) for productive Learning Networks that have been used for a variety of topic areas in Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands, and around the world. A valuable collection for online teachers and researchers that illustrates how particular design solutions facilitate and shape learning activities and outcomes."

    --Starr Roxanne Hiltz, author of The Virtual Classroom: Learning Without Limits via Computer Networks (1994), and co-author of Learning Networks (1997) and Learning Together Online (2005).

    "The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks brings together an intriguing and insightful set of ideas and concepts to develop an architectural framework for analysing learning networks design. The book is full of fascinating case study examples to which the framework is applied. Each case study is written by experienced networked learning researchers and designers. The book editors assist the reader throughout the book with their thoughtful introduction to the framework and synthesis of the case studies. They draw on an array of valuable ideas that offer new ways to theorise and generate knowledge for design. This book is definitely a welcome and important addition to the field of networked learning and design for learning."

    --Vivien Hodgson, Professor of Networked Managment Learning, Lancaster University Management School, UK