Overview

RESET Project

"SOCIAL NETWORKS AND PROMOTION OF KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION THROUGH E-LEARNING TOOLS" is an e-learning project co-financed by the European Commission (within the "Minerva-Action"), starting from October 2006, up to the end of October 2008. The aim of the project is to identify and promote "good practice" in the design and delivery of e-learning courses, i.e., activities that teachers/tutors may use in order to foster the emergence of social dynamics that allow participants to engage in deep scrutiny of information, divergent thinking, and advancement in knowledge construction.

SOCRATES-MINERVA Action

The Socrates programme consists of a range of "Actions" within the field of education. Minerva promotes European cooperation in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Information and Communication Technologies in Education. It does so by promoting a better understanding by teachers, learners, decision-makers and the public at large of the implications of ODL and ICT for education; by helping to ensure that pedagogical considerations are given proper weight in the development of ICT and multimedia-based educational products and services; and by promoting access to improved methods and educational resources in this field.

Project Activities

Accordingly to the principles of action-research, the "SOCIAL NETWORKS AND PROMOTION OF KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION THROUGH E-LEARNING TOOLS" project will be implemented in four subsequent phases:

  • an exploratory study on a sample of noteworthy e-learning experiences (on the European scale), for identifying the existing "good practices" intended to foster knowledge construction through social interaction;
  • design and delivery of e-learning experimental courses "in academic and vocational training domains" based on emerging "good practices";
  • process and outcome evaluation of e-learning experimental courses;
  • dissemination activities (international meeting, web-diffusion)


This project has been funded with support from Minerva action of the Socrates programme of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the authors only, and the Commission cannot held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.