Key Ideas and Concepts


This project is all about assessment.

In particular, it is concerned with using a portfolio containing selected items from the unit of study which is then assessed as a single piece of work. The contents of the portfolio are selected from two sources:

  • online knowledge production (publicly available stuff geenrated by students and available on a variety of websites) (some of which will appear on net studies' controlled and managed sites, our publications if you will)
  • in-unit learning activities (private and only part of the actual 'studying' of the unit, whether in class, or online) (because they are in-unit, these activities are related to the formation and use of learning communities)

Synergistic Learning

Students only have a small amount of time, realistically, in any unit of study to assimilate, process and become comfortable with a large array of knowledge, including process and outcome oriented knowledge. In studies involving technical domains, especially those with which students are not already familiar, one of the central problems is how to teach both content and process, the what and how, of the subject. One approach is to attempt to design for synergistic learning in which students, by doing one thing, are able to achieve two learning outcomes at the same time.

Online Knowledge Production

This is also important: what is it? Online Knowledge Production

What Students 'do'

One of the challenges of the LINK project is to come to terms with the similarity in the mode of production and distribution online of many different things that students do in studying, and the conceptual difference of those things in terms of how they enact community engagement, individual learning, and networking. Student learning activities

Knowledge Networking

The project attempts to utilise ideas about knowledge networking as its basis outside of purely educational thinking. Knowledge networks are understood to be distinct from knowledge communities; learning communities - the normal focus for thinking about collective online learning interactions - are a subset of knowledge communities.

Web 2.0

We have heard about it, but what does it mean? web 2.0 is also critical to this project.

Web Presence

This project has come to be about Web Presence

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