Synergic Integration of Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments for Adult Lifelong Learners

Synergic Integration of Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments for Adult Lifelong Learners

Sabrina Leone (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: October, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 337
ISBN13: 9781466646551|ISBN10: 1466646551|EISBN13: 9781466646568|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4655-1


Recently, there has been an increased understanding that learning occurs outside of the traditional classroom setting, particularly for adult lifelong learners. This perspective has enhanced an attentive design in the underlying technological architecture that is required for the integration of formal and informal learning environments.

Synergic Integration of Formal and Informal E-Learning Environments for Adult Lifelong Learners presents a collection of issues and research from adult education professionals who define, develop, implement, and evaluate the integration of formal and informal eLearning environments for adult lifelong learners. Academics, teachers, administrators, and learning technologists will benefit from this publication’s unique approach to discussing and analyzing the challenges of introducing and implementing learning technologies for adult lifelong learners.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult Learning
  • Integration Models
  • Lifelong Learners' Characteristics and Learning Profiles
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning
  • Semantic Web Tools
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Virtual Worlds

Reviews and Testimonials

Providing both content-based chapters and case studies, this work looks at the pedagogical potential of lifelong learning for adult students in a variety of academic subjects, cultures, and institutions. The detailed table of contents and descriptive preface will help readers to locate desired chapters, while the index assists in locating pages on specific topics. A compilation of references serves as a bibliography for the topic.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Sabrina Leone, PhD in eLearning at the Faculty of Engineering of the Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM), is a researcher and a teacher. Her current research focuses on lifelong learning, Personal Learning Environments, ubiquitous learning, smart working, adaptive learning environments, and Social Semantic Web. She holds a honours degree in Foreign Languages, one in Business Management and one in Sciences of Linguistic Mediation. Her career has developed in the fields of education (teacher and consultant, specialised in adult learning), business consultancy (quality systems designer and manager), and linguistic mediation. She has studied and worked in Italy and abroad, and she has been involved in international research projects. Before joining the UNIVPM, she was a lecturer and a coordinator in Italian Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia, appointed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a European Commission’s independent expert for research and innovation assignments. She has authored and co-authored several publications on referred journals and books.