Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning

  • Demetrios G. Sampson
  • Dirk Ifenthaler
  • J. Michael Spector
  • Pedro Isaias

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Demetrios G. Sampson, Dirk Ifenthaler, Pedro Isaías, J. Michael Spector
    Pages 1-7
  3. Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning: Theory and Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Athanasiadis Nikolas, Sofoklis Sotiriou, Panagiotis Zervas, Demetrios G. Sampson
      Pages 11-23
    3. Panagiotis Zervas, Vassilis Kardaras, Silvia Baldiris, Jorge Bacca, Cecilia Avila, Yurgos Politis et al.
      Pages 57-68
    4. Stephen D. Arnold
      Pages 83-100
  4. Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning: Methods and Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Emma Procter-Legg, Annamaria Cacchione, Sobah Abbas Petersen, Marcus Winter
      Pages 121-137
    3. Jan Hense, Heinz Mandl
      Pages 181-193
    4. António Alves, Anabela Maria de Sousa Pereira, Hélder Castanheira, Inês Direito, A. Manuel de Oliveira Duarte
      Pages 213-233
    5. Panagiotis Zervas, Alexandros Kalamatianos, Eleftheria Tsourlidaki, Sofoklis Sotiriou, Demetrios G. Sampson
      Pages 235-255
    6. Alejandro Catala, Fernando Garcia-Sanjuan, Patricia Pons, Javier Jaen
      Pages 275-291
    7. Susan A. Yoon, Joyce Wang, Karen Elinich
      Pages 293-305
    8. Stylianos E. Sergis, Demetrios G. Sampson
      Pages 307-327
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 345-347

About this book


Today, Digital Systems and Services for Technology Supported Learning and Education are recognized as the key drivers to transform the way that individuals, groups and organizations “learn” and the way to “assess learning” in 21st Century. These transformations influence: Objectives - moving from acquiring new “knowledge” to developing new and relevant “competences”; Methods – moving from “classroom” based teaching to “context-aware” personalized learning; and Assessment – moving from “life-long” degrees and certifications to “on-demand” and “in-context” accreditation of qualifications.  Within this context, promoting Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning, is currently a key issue in the public discourse and the global dialogue on Education, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Flipped School Classrooms.



This volume on Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning contributes to the international dialogue between researchers, technologists, practitioners and policy makers in Technology Supported Education and Learning.  It addresses emerging issues related with both theory and practice, as well as, methods and technologies that can support Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning.  In the twenty chapters contributed by international experts who are actively shaping the future of Educational Technology around the world, topics such as:

-          The evolution of University Open Courses in Transforming Learning

-          Supporting Open Access to Teaching and Learning of People with Disabilities

-          Assessing Student Learning in Online Courses

-          Digital Game-based Learning for School Education

-          Open Access to Virtual and Remote Labs for STEM Education

-          Teachers’ and Schools’ ICT Competence Profiling

-          Web-Based Education and Innovative Leadership in a K-12 International School Setting

are presented.


An in-depth blueprint of the promise, potential, and imminent future of the field, Digital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning is necessary reading for researchers and practitioners, as well as, undergraduate and postgraduate students, in educational technology.


CELDA 2012 Digital Systems and open access to learning Digital systems and formal learning Digital systems and informal learning E-learning and cognitive engagement E-learning and student engagement

Editors and affiliations

  • Demetrios G. Sampson
    • 1
  • Dirk Ifenthaler
    • 2
  • J. Michael Spector
    • 3
  • Pedro Isaias
    • 4
  1. 1.Digital Systems Ctr. Res. & Technology Hellas (CERTH)University of Piraeus Dept. Technology in Education &PiraeusGreece
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Digital LearningDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.College of InformationUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  4. 4.Universidade AbertaLisbonPortugal

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