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When Smartness of a Participatory Learning Ecosystem Should Not Be Interpreted as Mediation by Technology: Case-Study of Golbaf Town, Iran

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Abstract

Sustainable development is coined with ongoing social learning processes. As part of a sustainable regional development project in Golbaf town, Iran, development of a participatory community-based learning ecosystem (social learning) was soon found to be a requisite. This in turn was seen to be hampered by lack of social capitals, namely trust, self-confidence and participatoriness.

The interim results of the project indicate the followings as a way towards smartness (survivability) of a participatory learning ecosystem in developing contexts where mistrust, inactiveness and lack of confidence prevail: (1) Facilitating rather than doing by conveners, (2) learning by doing by citizens, and (3) gradual trust formation. It also questions suitability and survivability of highly technology-mediated learning ecosystems in such cases characterised by mistrust and lack of confidence.

The results suggest a progressive approach towards mediation of technologies. In fact, above socio-cultural barriers required us to proceed face-to-face for the regeneration of social capital in order to make the newly-born learning ecosystem survivable and embeddable by time.

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  • Sustainable development
  • Participatory community-based learning ecosystem
  • Mistrust
  • Lack of self-confidence

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Maleki, A., Yazdi, N., Jalalvand, M., Tabibzade, S.R. (2019). When Smartness of a Participatory Learning Ecosystem Should Not Be Interpreted as Mediation by Technology: Case-Study of Golbaf Town, Iran. In: Knoche, H., Popescu, E., Cartelli, A. (eds) The Interplay of Data, Technology, Place and People for Smart Learning. SLERD 2018 2018. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 95. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92022-1_3

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