Symposium II - Formal and Informal Learning and online education programs

Coordination: Ana Augusta Silva Dias (TecMinho – UMinho) and Luis Pedro (Universidade de Aveiro)

Moderator: Ana Augusta Silva Dias

Keywords: PLEs, MOOCs, OOCs, OCs, Formal and Informal Learning – at the workplace, open digital resources, organizational knowledge management, digital footprint.
Brief synopsis:

In this symposium we will debate the innovative approaches that combine technologies and pedagogies for online learning, welcoming formal and informal learning in organizations.

The “online education system” of an organization currently allows the record of the student’s learning results by accessing and measuring the quantity and quality of contributions by students on digital platforms (LMS, PLEs, Social Networks, Information and Knowledge Systems of companies/organizations).

The digital footprint left by the student/ trainee in the web reveals data that allow the “educational organization” and “Teacher”, or even the company, to assess in a flexible way the path and quality of student/employee/trainee learning, making it possible to develop processes of formalization and certification of learning.

This approach includes the possibility of monitoring the student’s digital footprint in formal and informal settings. The PLEs, OERs, the MOOC, the OOC or organizational learning mechanisms available within companies (including the Oc and the Spooc) represent forms of blended learning on a continuum between formal and informal learning contexts that generate knowledge in organizations, create value and generate innovation.
Thus, it is aimed to discuss the formal/informal learning and at the same time to understand how “organizational” technologies have (or have not) responded to this need for integration and innovation. We will present the perspective of those who use, those who investigate, but also those who develop.


Debate presentation – Ana Dias - TecMinho

Luis Pedro and Carlos Santos – Universidade de Aveiro

The presentations of the speakers shall be short (5-7 minutes) allowing the debate and knowledge sharing by participants. A strategy of active participation using “tags” that allow the collection and participation in the debate of all interveners will be used.

Ana Augusta Silva Dias

Manager of the E-learning Centre of TecMinho/Gabinete de Formação Contínua of the University of Minho. She has a degree in Systems and Informatics Engineering and a Post-graduation in Education, specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Minho. She has teaching experience in higher education, is a trainer and consultant. She manages the Observatório Panorama e-learning 360º.

Carlos Santos

He has a degree and Master in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Aveiro. He is a teacher at the Communication and Art Department at the University of Aveiro and Executive Coordinator of the SAPO Laboratory at the University of Aveiro ( He is a member of the research unit His current research interests focus on the use of Web 2.0 tools in educational contexts, and he is currently coordinating the development of the project SAPO Campus (

Luís Pedro

He has a degree in New Communication Technologies at the University of Aveiro (1998) and a PhD from the same University in Educational Technology (2005).  He is a teacher at the Communication and Art Department at the University of Aveiro and responsible for the Doctoral Program Multimedia in Education. He is a member of the research unit and his current research interests are the areas of development and integration of Web 2.0 tools and social media in education, as well as the development and use of games in education and training contexts.