Cloud-Learning: A New System for Inclusive, Simplifying, Networked Learning

Cloud-Learning: A New System for Inclusive, Simplifying, Networked Learning

Felice Corona (Department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy), Carla Cozzarelli (Department of Human, Philosophical and Educational Sciences, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy) and Pio Alfredo Di Tore (Department of Human Sciences, Philosophy and Education (DISUFF), University of Salerno, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/ijdldc.2013100104
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Abstract

Cloud computing is a metaphor that suggests the perspective of being able to be connected anywhere, evoking on the one hand the complex technological infrastructure and suggesting on the other as the physical location of users and resources loses relevance, creating endless connections and endless ways to interact in the network. The aim of this work is to investigate the educational potential arising from the creation of networks that encourage learning through web 2.0. The development of learning networks that generate interconnections between different users can transform schools and universities in communities of practice, characterized by an open and multidimensional learning environment. Cloud learning combines the ability to tap into resources distributed information in context, turning a diverse set of applications on mobile digital devices in a personal learning tool. In particular, the cloud learning appears to offer an effective tool for the development of key competences identified by the European framework.
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Introduction

C. Weiss, an expert in e-learning and distance learning platform for online training, provides a detailed description of the concept cloud, by stating what are the different cloud architectures and the related application models, referring to the multiple contexts in which cloud takes on different meanings and application levels (Weiss, 2013).

For Weiss, cloud computing is a metaphor that suggests the perspective of being able to be connected anywhere, evoking on the one hand the complex technological infrastructure and suggesting on the other as the physical location of users and resources loses relevance, creating endless connections and endless ways to interact in the network.

Cloud computing has immediately aroused the interest of the scientific community involved in research in education, which has initiated research at various levels with the aim of determining whether the cloud formula can be a stimulus to learning and if the potential of collaboration and customization inherent in that formula can foster inclusive learning, with particular reference to Special Educational Needs.

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