International Conference on Networked Learning (NLC)*

International Conference on Networked Learning (NLC)*

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The biennial International Conference on Networked Learning (NLC), initially the Networked Lifelong Learning Conference (NLC), is an international research-based conference on networked learning in higher education, lifelong learning & professional development.

Since 1998 NLC has been an opportunity to participate in a forum for the critical examination and analysis of research in networked learning – particularly in Higher Education and lifelong learning. Networked learning has become a broader area of inquiry over the years bringing together research in education and organisations spanning formal and informal learning settings. It is a conference that has been particularly concerned with critical perspectives, theory, pedagogical values, analysis, practice based research and designs for learning. The focus of the conference has been research and practice that addresses relational and interactional aspects of learning and development with an emphasis on dialogical learning, collaborative and cooperative learning and learning in social networks.

NLC Organizing Institutions / Consortium (not including hosts)

    2010-2020: Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL)
    2010-2020: Aalborg University
    (2020: University of Wollongong)
    2018-2020: University of Southern Denmark
    2000-2018: Lancaster University
    2014: Liverpool John Moores University
    2010: Glasgow Caledonian University
    2006, 2010-12: The Open University
    1998-2004: University of Sheffield

Conference History:

13th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2022, 16-18 May, 2022, Sundsvall, Sweden
(Host: Mid Sweden University, Department of Education)

    Conference Themes:
    • Philosophies, theories, methodologies and designs for Networked Learning
    • Methods, research design, data and analysis in Networked Learning (e.g.,
    phenomenography, social network analysis, socio-material approaches)
    • Conceptualisations of networked lifelong learning as a blended, boundless or hybrid
    • Learning on the move: places and spaces for networked learning
    • Networked learning across the lifespan (early childhood, school, work and retirement)
    • The role of sustainability in Networked Learning
    • Ethical perspectives on Networked Learning (e.g., equity, inclusivity, social justice,
    • Roles of artificial intelligence, big data and learning analytics in Networked Learning
    • Situating Networked Learning conceptually, historically or systematically
    • Debates and emerging issues in Networked Learning (e.g., the future of lifelong
    learning, hybridity, post-digital education, sustainability)

Hanfod Networked Learning (HNL21), 10-11 June, 2021, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
(NLC Cardiff ‘node’ & 1st Networked Learning & Phenomenology Event; Host: Cardiff University, School of Healthcare Sciences)

    Phenomenology of Practice Workshop (Intro & Writing)
    ‘Voices from the River’ Pecha Kutcha (CANCELLED)
    Writing Workshop (to prepare potential contribution to a ‘phenomenology symposium’ @ NLC2022; CANCELLED)

Networked Learning Forum 2021, 20 May 2021, Malta / Virtual venue
(NLC Malta ‘node’ event; Host: Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Learning, University of Malta)

    Keynotes + Q&A:
    Learning and Value Creation in open Practices
    Networked Learning for what? Higher Education as a social act in troubled times
    Peer- Learning and Networked Learning in a Problem Based Learning Context

    Early -Stage researchers’ presentations

    Note: The Malta forum was originally scheduled for May 20-21, 2021

12th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2020, 18-20 May 2020, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark Virtual venue
(Host: University of Southern Denmark, Institut for Design og Kommunikation)

    Workshops: (How) Can computational things be utilized in networked learning?; Developing an Institutional open educational practices (OEP) Self Assessment Instrument; Data Visualisation: Visualise your data by connecting to the universe; What’s the future like? Speculative Methods in Networked Learning; GELO and GreX: A framework and dashboard to investigate technology
    competency and culture

    Symposia: Methodological Considerations for Research on Networked Learning

11th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2018, 14-16 May 2018, Zagreb, Croatia
(Host: University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb, Department of Informatics and Computing)

    Workshops: Designing, deploying, and studying internationally networked collaboration: The Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Project (TAPP) model; Are you readieee? Taking the “eek” out of participating in fully online communities: Exploring Readiness using the Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) Model; Pathways to openness in NWL research: the case of Open Data; Online Peer Observation: Use of a Model to Un-tangle our Pragmatic Action from Reflective Practice; Bridging the gap between Networked Learning and Learning Analytics; Leadership in Learning Networks: how can conveners use networked learning perspectives in convening people and learning networks?; Doctoral Consortium

    Symposia: What will e-Teaching be like in a future networked university?; Networked learning & the challenges for Higher Education: Linking today with the future

10th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2016, 9-11 May, 2016, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: ooking back – moving forward
(Host: Lancaster University, Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning in the Department of Educational Research)

    Workshops: Designs for Networked Learning: Using Personal Learning Networks to Build Intercultural Competence; Facilitating the Professional Growth of Teachers in Networked Learning Communities (NLC); EDECES MODEL: Learning Design For Technology Enhanced Learning; Doctoral Consortium

    Symposia: Designs for learning with the Semantic Web; Challenges to social justice and collective wellbeing in a globalised education system; Synergies, differences, and bridges between Networked Learning, Connected Learning, and Open Education (#NLbridge)

9th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2014, 7-9 April 2014, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
(Host: University of Edinburgh, Centre for Research in Digital Education at the School of Education)

    Workshops: Doctoral Symposium

    Symposia: Perspectives on identity within networked learning; Actor-Network Theory – Double Symposium; Building Co-design Strategies in Higher Education Using Technology-Enhanced Learning Scenarios; The Spaces of Networked Learning

8th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2012, 2-4 April 2012, Maastricht School of Management, Maastricht, The Netherlands
(Host: The Open University of The Netherlands)

    Workshops: Doctoral Consortium

    Symposia: Learning Networks for Professional Development: Current Research Approaches and Future Trends; The place of technology in networked learning; Variations in the Experience of Phenomenographic Research; Transdisciplinary research in technology enhanced/networked learning practices; Understanding emerging knowledge spillovers in small-group learning settings, a social network perspective; Web 2.0 and the Net Generation – A Critical Perspective

7th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2010, 3-4 May, 2010, Aalborg, Denmark
(Host: Aalborg University, e-Learning lab at the Department of Communication and Psychology; Open University of the Netherland, Ruud de Moor Centrum)

    Workshops: Doctoral Consortium

    Symposia: Current challenges in learning design and pedagogical patterns research; Exploring sociotechnical theories of learning technology; Design for problem and project based learning in a networked society; The Space Occupied by Networked Learning in the Higher Education Curriculum: Revisiting the Networked Learning Manifesto; Networked learning, the Net Generation and Digital Natives; Innovative approaches to professional development; International Tutor Perspectives on Undergraduate Networked Learning Environments; Web 2.0 and Problem Based Learning in Enterprise Architecture Training – Developing a Learning Methodology

6th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2008, 5-6 May 2008, Halkidiki, Greece
(Host: Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki; University of Piraeus, Department of Digital Systems)

    Colloquia: Exploring the sustainability and economic viability of lifelong e-learning programmes

    Symposia: So what REALLY happens in networked learning?; Making the Transition to Ubiquitous Learning; Where is the Learning in Networked Learning?; Networked Learning and Interculturality: Perspectives on Working in Intercultural Contexts; Embedding Networked Learning in Greek Higher Education Institutions: Policy and Practice; When CoPs and researchers collaborate to invent life long learning practices: PALETTE project stories; Learning Cultures in Online Education; Flourish:the ecpd project; Methodologies for researching the learning in Networked Learning; Breaching the Garden Walls? Social media, institutions, infrastructures and design for learning; Learners’ Experience of e-Learning: Research from the UK; Information Society Studies in Practice – a Networked Learning Case Study; Democratising Online Education through Innovative Methods and Tools: the case of Living Labs

5th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2006, 10-12 April 2006, Lancaster University, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
(Host: Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology, Department of Educational Research, Department of Management Learning at Lancaster University)

    Symposia: Relations in Networks and Networked Learning; Enhancing Learner Progression (ELP) – Understanding the Learners’ Perspectives; Culture and eLearning Design: Insights from the eChina~UK Programme; Repositories for Teaching Materials and Learning Objects: Enablers and Barriers to Use; Exploiting Online Networks and Shared Repositories to Support the Professional Development of Distance Tutors: Introducing the PROWE Project; Researching Networked Learning: Diversity and Uniformity; Where’s the “I” in Communities of Inquiry?; Research into Learning in Networked Outreach Initiatives; Conceptual Design, Extended Action Research, Team Building and Virtual Learning Environments

4th Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2004; 5-7 April 2004, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
(Host: Centre for Studies in Advanced Learning Technology, Department of Educational Research, Department of Management Learning at Lancaster University)

    Symposia: Learning Technologists: Split Personality or Community of Practice?; Designing Video and Audio Learning Events: an Insight Into Visual Literacy in Practice; Internationalising the Curriculum: a Dubious Concept, Variously Interpreted – What is Going On in the UK and Europe?; Addressing Methodological Issues In E-Learning Research; Perspectives on Institutional Implementation of e Learning: Stories and Ideas from a European Collaboration; E-tutoring “Contextualised Tutors’ Roles and Tutors’ Training”; Diversity and Common Ground in Online Learning Community Research; How is it for You? The Impact of Networked Learning on Educational Institutions; Networked Learning and Networked Information; Communication and Control in E-Learning Environments Symposium; Researching Theory Led Designs for e-Learning Communities and Collaborative Learning; Blended Learning and its Evaluation; Towards an Ecology of Networked Learning

3rd Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2002, 26-28 March 2002, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
(Host: University of Sheffield, School of Education)

    Workshops: The CHCC Project: Developing the collection of contempary and historical census data and related materials into a major learning and teaching resource; Online Induction Programmes: Developing and evaluating transitional online support; How To Always Get The Jammie Dodger: Developing the online management facilitator

    Symposia: Researching Underpinnings of the UK eUniversity; Change for Networked Learning; Approaches to Developing a Theoretical Understanding of Networked Learing; Knowledge Construction and On-line Environments; Ideas of Community and Implications for Theorising Networked Learning; Accessible Technology for Networked Learning; The Politics of Networked Learning; Elaborating Collaborative interactions in Networked Learning; e-learning Groups and Communities of Practice; Phenomenography and Networked Learning

2nd Networked Learning Conference (NLC) 2000, 17-19 April 2000, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Conference Theme: Innovative Approaches to Lifelong Learning & Higher Education through the Internet
(Host: Department of Management Learning at the University of Lancaster)

1st Networked Lifelong Learning Conference (NLC) 1998, 20-22 April 1998, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
(Host: Centre for the Study of Networked Learning, Division of Adult Continuing Education at the University of Sheffield)

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