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    Social Semantic Web, also referred to as Web 3.0, is the current evolution in the Net to provide representation mechanisms to interconnect people and objects in an interoperable and extensible way.

    The combination of the Social Web with the Semantic Web has led to the Social Semantic Web, forming a network of interlinked and semantically-rich content, and knowledge and offering a large range of possible technological architectures for lifelong learning. Formal and informal learning appear more and more integrated and enhanced, and lifelong learners’ Personal Learning Environments can be more easily characterised and enriched.

    Social Semantic Web for Lifelong Learners (SSW4LL) 2011 is an introductory course to Social Semantic Web concepts and tools to support lifelong learners in characterising their Personal Learning Environments.

    Course facilitator and participants will analyze the latest research literature and evaluate it against their own experience out and within this metacognitive learning path, with the intent of developing a comprehensive understanding of Social Semantic Web.

    SSW4LL 2011 is thought for lifelong learners who are expert ICT and/or eLearning professionals, but novice in SSW. The course will be held in English.

    SSW4LL 2011 is developed within the PhD thesis research Characterisation of a Personal Learning Environment as a Lifelong Learning Tool, by Sabrina Leone at the Department of Information Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy.


    Signing up for the course

    SSW4LL 2011 starts October 3rd 2011. If you are interested in participating in the course, please sign up here (your email address will only be used for the purpose of this course. You can unsubscribe at any time).


    How SSW4LL 2011 is organized

    SSW4LL 2011 will be offered as a socio-constructivist course, therefore offering participants to actively co- construct higher level knowledge and experience within a learning community while studying the body of relevant research and exploring situated applications.

    The learning environment is made up of:

    • Moodle 2.0 as a formal learning environment with learning resources recommended according to entry learning-style and prior-knowledge tests;
    • Semantic MediaWiki to search, organise, tag, browse, evaluate, and share the wiki's content by added semantic annotations (collaborative database);
    • Diigo SSW4LL group, to allow collection, tagging, commenting and sharing of interesting resources diffused online;
    • Google+, to informally interact with one’s circles (chat, video huddle, posts, posts/video/photo sharing) and enrich in this way one’s PLE.

    Though the course outline defines a set of selected topics and learning resources, these function as signposts for an iterative process of search, practice and reflection through the following learning activities:

    o Discussions, a Moodle forum where learners can discuss topics with their peers and facilitator, and propose new applications and relevant scenarios.

    o Technical help, a Moodle forum where learners can ask their peers and technical etutor for any kind of technical help inherent the course and support each other.

    o Additional resources: suggestion of interesting and useful learning material collected collaboratively by Diigo – RSS feeds.

    o Networking: informal learning by the new social network Google+.

    o Cooperative work: writing of a collective final work, initially proposed and agreed by the participants’, using Semantic MediaWiki.

    Three topics have been chosen - one for each week -, preceded by a week of technological familiarisation, as shown in the table below.



    0 - Monday 3rd October 2011

    Technology familiarisation with the learning environment

    1 - Monday 10th October 2011

    From the Social Web to the Semantic Web and to the Social Semantic Web: evolution and definitions.

    2 - Monday 17th October 2011

    The Semantic Web.

    3 - Monday 24th October 2011

    Where the Social Web meets the Semantic Web.

    Facilitator's bio

    Sabrina Leone, Department of Information Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy.

    Sabrina Leone is a PhD student in e-Learning at the Faculty of Engineering of the Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM).

    Her current research focuses on Personal Learning Environments and lifelong learning, and she has a strong interest in adaptive learning environments and Social Semantic Web.

    Her career has developed in the fields of education (secondary and tertiary teacher and consultant, specialised in adult learning), business consultancy (quality systems designer and manager) and linguistic mediation. She has been involved in European special projects (Socrates programmes with Sweden, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia) and Italian ones (IG students, Business Laboratory for Italian University and Secondary School students, Learning for All FIRB project). She has studied and worked in Italy and abroad (Great Britain, France, Ireland, United States, Australia).

    Before joining the UNIVPM, she was a lecturer and a coordinator in Italian Studies (Italian language and Culture; Translation; Contemporary Italian Cinema and Literature) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, appointed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lifelong learning and e-learning have characterised her professional fields and her life since 2000.

    She holds a honours degree in Foreign Languages (1988, I.U.L.M, Milan), one in Business Management (1998, University of Campobasso) and one in Sciences of Linguistic Mediation (2004, Scuola Superiore per Mediatori Linguistici, Florence). She authored and co-authored several publications on referred journals and books.


    Technical eTutor’s bio

    Giovanni Biancofiore,, Italy

    Giovanni Biancofiore is a sustainer and a designer of (IT and not) networks. He’s a Microsoft Certified System Administrator, a Microsoft Certified Professional & Technology Specialist Window Vista Configuration ID 6601323 and an EIpass Examiner.

    His profession comes from his passion for new technologies. He has been engaged in ICT since 1998, with professional experiences in Italy and in Australia. He’s specialised in the design, implementation and administration of systems and in the offer of flexible, efficient and aggregated web solutions for private and public concerns.

    Hand in hand with consultancy, in the field of applied vocational training he’s been a designer, a trainer and a tutor of flexible and tailorable e-learning paths. In 2011 he’s been in the eTutors team of the international project Sloop2desc and in the technical team of the research experience Format QRcode at Liceo Classico "T. Livio", Martina Franca, Italy, within the FIRB project Learning for All.

    His fields of research are collective intelligence, IT networks for social and economical applications, systems for the management of online professional communities, systems for e-learning and for networked learning communities and knowledge sharing.



SSW4LL 2011 on Skype in the classroom platform