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Augmenting Informal Subject-based Learning

  • Kieron Sheehy
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Gill Clough
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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)

Abstract

Previous chapters have focused on augmenting the formal education associated with schools, colleges, and universities. In these settings, an external authority such as an organization, institution, or teacher defines not only learners’ goals but also the ways in which they work to achieve those goals. However, much of our learning takes place informally, in settings where we choose our own methods, define our own goals, or work toward shifting goals (Vavoula, 2004). “The basic terms of informal learning (e.g., objectives, content, means and processes of acquisition, duration, evaluation of outcomes, applications) are determined by the individuals and groups that choose to engage in it” (Livingstone, 1999). This chapter and those that follow, therefore, examine the augmentation of learning in informal settings: virtually, using social media and through distributed networks.

Keywords

Virtual Environment Virtual World Physical World Heritage Site Informal Learning 
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© Kieron Sheehy, Rebecca Ferguson, and Gill Clough 2014

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  • Kieron Sheehy
  • Rebecca Ferguson
  • Gill Clough

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