EU - MATURE - Continuous social learning in knowledge networks

Project: Research project

Project Details


The agility of organizations has become the critical success factor for competitiveness and requires that companies and their employees together and mutually dependently learn and develop their competencies efficiently. Failures of organisation-driven approaches to technology-enhanced learning and the success of community-driven approaches in the spirit of Web 2.0 have shown that for that agility we need to leverage the intrinsic motivation of employees to engage in collaborative learning activities, and combine it with a new form of organisational guidance. For that purpose, MATURE conceives individual learning processes to be interlinked (the output of one learning process is input to the other) in a knowledge-maturing process in which knowledge changes in nature. This knowledge can take the form of classical content in varying degrees of maturity, but also involves tasks and processes or semantic structures. The goal of MATURE is to understand this maturing process better, and to build tools and services to reduce maturing barriers.

MATURE's outcome will be:
1) an empirical analysis of real-world maturing practices, resulting in a sound conceptual model of the knowledge maturing process and ways to overcome barriers to it (particularly including motivational and social factors)
2) a Personal Learning and Maturing Environment (PLME), embedded into the working environment, enabling and encouraging the individual to engage in maturing activities
3) an Organisational Learning and Maturing Environment (OLME), enabling the organisation to analyse and to take up community activities, to reseed innovation processes and to apply breeding strategies
4) reusable Maturing Services for seeding and reseeding, and creating awareness of relevant activities
Effective start/end date1/04/0831/03/12


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