In the educational context, network technologies are largely viewed as a way of overcoming space-time limitations. While this is certainly an advantage, the real promise lies elsewhere. Network technologies open the way to innovative learning experiences based on collaborative learning; they can mediate and support communication within groups engaged in collaborative work.

Designing and running networked learning means re-evaluating, reformulating and rethinking some of the main approaches typically adopted in on-site learning. To make the most of the potential that network technologies offer, new collaborative learning scenarios are called for that go beyond what we might call ‘classical approaches’. This doesn’t mean pushing ...

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