Trails in Education: Technologies that Support Navigational Learning
Kaleidoscope members J. Schoonenboom (University of Amsterdam, NL), M.Levene (London Knowledge Lab, UK) J. Heller (University of Graz, AT), K. Keenoy (London Knowledge Lab, UK) and M. Turcsányi-Szabó (Eötvös Loránd University, HU) have just published the book Trails in Education: Technologies that Support Navigational Learning.
"As a result of the growing openness of the curriculum and the abundance of learning materials, navigation --- or the creation of one's own learning trails --- has become an important issue in education, " said Schoonenboom, "So much so, that we distinguish it as a separate stage in our Trails' cycle of learning. To make navigational learning possible, learners have to be supported and empowered. In this book we show the role of inferring peoples' interests and what they have learned; personalisation and advise based on these inferences; and visualisations that learners can understand in the process of both individual and collaborative navigational learning."
The publication results from the Kaleidoscope activity Personalised and Collaborative Trails of Digital and Non-Digital Learning Objects, which sought to apply new technologies to the challenge of trail-support in eLearning. As users navigate through a learning environment, they follow prescribed trails and create personal trails through their interactions. In digital learning environments, these trails can be stored, evaluated and accessed in a structured manner. This book is about sequences of learning objects ordered according to time or according to the demands of given learning materials. It is written by an interdisciplinary team that investigates how trails can be used to support curriculum development, and examines the importance of trails within the context of personalised and collaborative learning. Trails in Education: Technologies that Support Navigational Learning is published this month by Sense Publishers.