Networked Professional Learning, Design Research and Social Innovation

  • Peter GoodyearEmail author
Part of the Research in Networked Learning book series (RINL)


This chapter uses a reading of the preceding chapters in the book to develop an argument about the benefits of acknowledging and strengthening some deep synergies within the field of networked professional learning. In particular, it identifies some lines of convergence between professional action, professional learning and the practices of research and design in networked learning. The chapter’s unifying constructs include service design, social innovation and (participatory) design research. While it is important to recognise that there can be important differences between the situations of professional action, learning and teaching and research and design, there are also substantial benefits to be obtained from working with their similarities. The chapter locates professional work in the broader context of the search for more sustainable ways of life. It introduces ideas about social innovation, collaborative forms of service design and participatory design research to prepare the ground for a reinterpretation of some common elements of professional work and networked professional learning.


Service design Social innovation Design research Co-constructed services Co-producted services Wicked problems Collaborative activity Distributed systems Design knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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