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Learning Network Services for Professional Development

  • Rob Koper


  • Learn how to provide Web services that

  • support social interaction in Learning Networks

  • ease navigation within Learning Networks

  • allow the assessment and placement of persons within a competence framework

  • provide adaptation in and mobile access to Learning Networks

  • and read about real-world implementation examples of such services.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rob Koper
      Pages 3-11
  3. Navigation Services for Learning Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-15
    2. Peter Sloep, Liesbeth Kester
      Pages 17-25
    3. Adriana Berlanga, Ellen Rusman, Marlies Bitter-Rijpkema, Peter Sloep
      Pages 27-42
    4. Francis Brouns, Sibren Fetter, Peter van Rosmalen
      Pages 57-72
  4. Navigation Services for Learning Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-74
    2. Hans Hummel, Bert van den Berg, Adriana Berlanga, Hendrik Drachsler, José Janssen, Rob Nadolski et al.
      Pages 75-93
    3. Hendrik Drachsler, Hans Hummel, Bert van den Berg, Jannes Eshuis, Wim Waterink, Rob Nadolski et al.
      Pages 95-113
    4. Rob Nadolski, Bert van den Berg, Adriana Berlanga, Hans Hummel, Hendrik Drachsler, Rob Koper et al.
      Pages 115-150
    5. José Janssen, Adriana Berlanga, Rob Koper
      Pages 151-166
  5. Assessment and Placement Services in Learning Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-169
    2. Jan van Bruggen, Marco Kalz, Desirée Joosten-Ten Brinke
      Pages 195-208
    3. Wim van der Vegt, Marco Kalz, Bas Giesbers, Fridolin Wild, Jan van Bruggen
      Pages 209-223
    4. Marco Kalz, Jan van Bruggen, Bas Giesbers, Ellen Rusman, Jannes Eshuis, Wim Waterink
      Pages 225-238
  6. Contextualized Learning Network Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-240
    2. Marcus Specht
      Pages 241-253

About this book


A "Learning Network" is a community of people who help each other to better understand and handle certain events and concepts in work or life. As a result – and sometimes also as an aim – participating in learning networks stimulates personal development, a better understanding of concepts and events, career development, and employability. "Learning Network Services" are Web services that are designed to facilitate the creation of distributed Learning Networks and to support the participants with various functions for knowledge exchange, social interaction, assessment and competence development in an effective way.

The book presents state-of-the-art insights into the field of Learning Networks and Web-based services which can facilitate all kinds of processes within these networks. The main emphasis of the contributions is to explain what services a Learning Network requires and what the reader should do to design and run Learning Network Services, including guidelines on how to evaluate the effectiveness of these services.

This book is a rich source of information for practitioners and professional developers who want to stimulate learning by professionals through web-based social interaction. Managers of educational institutions and training companies will find many ideas about possible services to offer. At the same time, it is an excellent introduction for other researchers in the field, and for students interested in the learning sciences or technology-enhanced learning.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rob Koper

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About the editors

Rob Koper is professor in the field of learning technologies and the Dean of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) at the Open University of the Netherlands. Rob has more than 20 years of experience in the field of learning sciences and technologies, and published over 200 publications.

In the past he was responsible for the development of new learning technologies like the Educational Modelling Language (now IMS Learning Design), and methods and technologies to facilitate self-organized learning networks for lifelong learning. His current research is in the area of personal competence development, and he is co-ordinating the Integrated EU project TENCompetence that is building a web-based infrastructure for lifelong competence development.

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