Connected Learning of Internet & English in eCollaboration Network

Connected Learning of Internet & English in eCollaboration Network


The Network
Connection with U3A Online Australia
Participating organizations
Records of the meetings


Accelerating eTechnologies supported education for connecting everyone anywhere.
Meeting todays and upcoming demands and opportunities.
Supporting eSeniors 55+ in using Internet for Active Aging.
Enabling connectivity by providing links to the websites of the participating organizations.


Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion & Contact person, Active Aging Networks & Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary

Jože Gričar

Jean Walker, President
U3A Online, the world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet, Tasmania, Australia
Be Connected – Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world

Jean Walker

The Network

The Connected Learning Internet & English in eCollaboration Network is open to all organizations sharing interest in supporting the use of Internet for Active Aging.

Each of the participating organizations will provide the following data to be published:

Organization, city, country
Address of the website in English
Name & Family name, Director/President/Principal, email
Name & Family name, Teacher of Information Technology/Internet, email
Name & Family name, Teacher of English language, email

There are no cost or obligations involved.

The network is a member of the Active Aging Networks.

Connection with U3A Online Australia

U3A Online provides courses for people to do at their leisure and also by providing a link to the Be Connected IT self-teaching courses on their site. Their website contains information on how people can join and do the courses and how to pay.

Once a person becomes a member, she/he receives an email explaining how to enroll in the courses. All the contacts to help individual members are done by email.

The local U3As in Australia and elsewhere also use the U3A Online courses in their own face-to-face group as they can be downloaded and copies printed. That requires an Organisational membership of $A15 and $A20 for each course.  This is what the U3As in the European countries could also do if they wanted to do courses that are written in English.

The Course Coordinator, Bev Tapper, would be able to assist potential members.

U3A Online Australia is a member of the Active Aging Networks.

Participating organizations

Adult Education Centre – Ljudska univerza, Kranj, Slovenia
Albanian Society for All Ages – ASAG, Tirana, Albania
Brežice Elementary School, Slovenia
eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging, Paris, France
France Prešeren Gymnasium Kranj, Slovenia
Gymnasium Murska Sobota, Slovenia
Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Žilina, Slovakia


Albanian Society for All Ages – ASAG, Tirana, Albania
Member of the Active Aging Networks
Ermira Pirdeni, Director
Erifili Hashorva, English Teacher
Livia Lubonja, IT/Internet Teacher


eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging, Paris, France
Member of the Active Aging Networks
Epstein Monique, General Manager & Founder
Didier Chalaye, IT/Internet Teacher
Diana Smith, English Teacher


Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Žilina, Slovakia
Dr. Lucia Hrebeňárová, Director
Ľudovít Mikuš, Teacher of Information Technology/ Internet
Albert Kulla, English Teacher


Adult Education Centre – Ljudska univerza, Kranj, Slovenia
Mateja Šmid, Director
Mojca Rozman, ICT Teacher
Karmen Kosem, English Teacher

Mateja Šmid Mojca Rozman Karmen Kosem

Brežice Elementary School, Slovenia
Mag. Marija Lubšina Novak, Principal
Mag. Bojana Mavri Pavlič, ICT Teacher
Petra Vaš, English Teacher

France Prešeren Gymnasium Kranj, Slovenia
Mirjam Bizjak, Principal
Klemen Urankar, Informatics Teacher
Daša Ravnikar, English Teacher

Gymnasium Murska Sobota
Roman Činč, Principal
Romana Zver, Informatics Teacher
Mateja Štefanec, English Teacher

To be updated

Connected learning is a type of learning where a young person have an opportunity to pursue a personal interest and passion with friends and caring adults so that learning in the projects are linked to academic achievements, career success or civic engagement. In addition, connected learning is an approach to educational reform keyed to the abundance of information and social connection brought about by networked and digital media. Advocates of connected learning posit that this approach leverages new media to broaden access to opportunity and meaningful learning experiences. The connected learning model suggests that youth learn best when: they are interested in what they are learning; they have peers and mentors who share these interests; and their learning is directed toward opportunity and recognition. According to the proponents of connected learning, social support for interest-driven learning and connections to multiple sites of learning activity drive individual learning outcomes. These individual outcomes also lead to collective outcomes by building knowledge, capacity and expertise in diverse communities. Environments that support connected learning are generally characterized as having a sense of shared purpose, a focus on production, and openly networked infrastructures.

Records of the meetings

June 18, 2019
Meeting at Ljudska univerza Kranj (LUK), Adult Education Centre, Slovenia
Connected Learning Meeting June 18 2019


Intergenerational Learning in Practice: Together Old and Young. 1st Edition. Edited by Margaret Kernan, Giulia Cortellesi. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019-11-30, pp 232

Emergence of collective digital innovations through the process of control point driven network reconfiguration and reframing: the case of mobile payment. By Boriana Rukanova & Mark de Reuver & Stefan Henningsson & Fatemeh Nikayin & Yao-Hua Tan. Electronic Markets, June 28, 2019

Leading 21st Century Teams. By Maxine Driscoll. ThinkStrategic for Schools, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 13 June, 2019

A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings. 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Conference Proceedings Volume 1 & Volume 2. Edited by Kristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoué, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, 17 – 21 June 2019, pp 600

State Transformation by ‘Co-Creation’ and ‘Design Thinking’: The Next Frontier in Public Services. Putting the Citizen at the Heart of Public Services. The Lisbon Council, Brussels, 06 June 2019

Digital Life Abroad Report. InterNations GmbH, Munich, Germany, 24. May 2019, pp 37

The Promise of Connected Learning. By Rob Reynolds, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer. NextThought, May 22, 2019

Connected Learning in Teacher Education. The Summer 2019 Marginal Syllabus. May 21, 2019

Digital Learning & ICT in Education. Digital Single Market, European Commission, May 19, 2019

The Future of Work and Education for the Digital Age. Bridging the Gap between Digital Skills and Employability for Vulnerable Populations. By Angela C. Lyons (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Alessia Zucchetti (Center for Research – Ceibal Foundation), Josephine Kass-Hanna (Saint Joseph University of Beirut), Cristóbal Cobo (Center for Research – Ceibal Foundation). T20Japan – The research and policy advice network for the G20, May 15, 2019

Understanding value co-creation in public services for transforming European public administrations. Report on cross-country comparison on existing innovation and living labs. Editors: Dr. Lars Fuglsang & Dr. Anne Vorre Hansen, Department of Social Sciences and Business Innovation in services and experiences, Roskilde University, Denmark. European Commission, Co-VAL, May 10, 2019, pp 54

Thriving in a Digital World. OECD Skills Outlook 2019. OECD Publishing, 9 May 2019, pp 285

Connected things connecting Europe. By Julie A. Mccann, Gian Pietro Picco, Alex Gluhak, Karl Henrik Johans. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp 48-51, April 2019

Connected Learning Guide. A Field-Tested Resource for Practitioners. Chicago Learning Exchange, 4-29-19, pp 13

Digitally enhanced learning spaces: A new innovation? By Damian Maher, Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education Program. Education Futures Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney. Progress in Education, Volume 55. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, USA. Academia, April 22, 2019, pp 18

The future of education and skills. Education 2030. OECD, March 27, 2019, pp 23

2nd Survey of Schools: ICT in Education. European Commission, Digital Single Market, 14 March 2019

Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand lead the way at teaching skills for the future. By Sean Fleming, Senior Writer, Formative Content. World Economic Forum,12 Mar 2019

Action Plan for Education 2019: Cumasú – Empowering through Learning. Government of Ireland, 07 March, 2019, pp 60

The Digital Divide among Parents and Their Emerging Adult Children: Intergenerational Accounts of Technologically Assisted Family Communication. By Courtney K. Barrie, John P. Bartkowski and Timothy Haverda, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. MDPI, Publisher of Open Access Journals, Social Sciences, 5 March 2019

Worldwide Educating for the Future Index 2018: Building tomorrow’s global citizens. Written by Denis McCauley and edited by Michael Gold. The Economist Intelligence Unit Limited. Mar 5, 2019, pp 31

Teaching Our Way to Digital Equity. By Justin Reich, Assistant Professor of comparative media studies and director of the Teaching Systems Lab at MIT. The Tech-Savvy School Pages, February 2019, Volume 76, Number 5, pp 30-35

Intra and Intergenerational Digital Divide through ICT Literacy, Information Acquisition Skills, and Internet Utilization Purposes: An Analysis of Gen Z. By Feriha Soysal, Büşra Alma Çalli, Erman Coşkun. TEM Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 264-274, February 2019

Seniors’ learning. By David Istance, nonresident senior fellow at the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution. European Journal of Education. Wiley, 15 February 2019

Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected. By Stefani Pautz, Project Director and Josh Weisgrau, Director of Learning Experience Design. Digital Promise, Accelerate Innovation in Education, Washington DC, USA, January 22, 2019

Enabling opportunities: 5G, the internet of things, and communities of color. Report. By Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation. Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, January 9, 2019

Closing the Digital Learning Gap. By Karen Cator. Digital Promise. Washington, D.C., USA, January 9, 2019

Design Thinking: Get Started with Prototyping. By Rikke Dam and Teo Siang. Interaction Design Foundation, January 5, 2019

Innovating Pedagogy 2019. Exploring new forms of teaching, learning and assessment, to guide educators and policy makers. Open University Innovation Report 7. Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, United Kingdom & Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway, Jan 2, 2019, pp 45

The Impact of School Infrastructure on Learning. A Synthesis of the Evidence. By Peter Barrett, Alberto Treves, Tigran Shmis, Diego Ambasz, and Maria Ustinov. World Bank Group, Washington, D.C., Nov 1, 2018, pp 71

The Promise of Connected Learning. By Rob Reynolds, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer, NextThought, October 31, 2018

Teachers’ Insights Into Connected Learning Networks: Emerging Activities and Forms of Participation. By Henriikka Vartiainen, Saara Nissinen, Sinikka Pöllänen. Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland (UEF). SAGE Journals, September 18, 2018

An empowering, inclusive Next Generation Internet. DG CONNECT/G2, European Commission, September 10, 2018, pp 9

Connected Learning Summit: Create, Play, Mobilize. Proceedings of the 2018 Connected Learning Summit. Edited by Dr. Jeremiah H. Kalir, Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies, School of Education & Human Development (SEHD), University of Colorado Denver . MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, August 1-3, 2018, pp 423

Connecting the worlds of learning and work. By Kate Torii, Policy Fellow. Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy, Victoria University, Melbourne, 30 July 2018, pp31

Are Your Students Sharing and Amplifying Their Learning? By Kathleen Morris. Helping teachers create digitally literate global learners. Leopold Primary School, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, July 10, 2018

From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching: Editor’s Introduction. By Nicole Mirra, Associate Professor, Rutgers University. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, June 2018, 18(2), 200-202

EDEN 2018 Annual Conference. Proceedings. Edited by Airina Volungeviciene & András Szűcs. European Distance and E-Learning Network – EDEN, Genoa, Italy, 17-20 June 2018, pp 941

Connecting beyond the Classroom – Move from local to global learning modes. By Julie Lindsay, Quality Learning and Teaching Leader (Online), Faculty of Arts and Education and Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. Scan: The Journal for Educators, NSW Department of Education, Australia, 3 May 2018

eSchools Collaboration in the eRegion, Conclusions and Recommendations. Conference – Celje, Slovenia. March 21-22, 2018

The future of education and skills. Education 2030. OECD 16 February 2018, pp 23

“Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers. By Torrey Trust, Daniel, G. Krutka, Jeffrey Paul Carpenter. Elsevier, Computers & Education, Volume 102, November 2016, pp 15-34

Additional links related to the network are published at Slovenia Council for eServices Provision for the Seniors (55+)

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