NetKnowing 2.0: Enabling SMEs to use Web 2.0 and networking to acquire and generate informal learning

2 Participating countries:
Project Reference: 2010-1-ES1-LEO05-21054
Part of :

Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\LEONARDO DA VINCI\Multilateral projects on Innovation


The Net Knowing 2.0 project aims to enable entrepreneurs, managers and supervisory staff of European SMEs and organizations:

1. To use Web 2.0. technologies and net collaborative practices to obtain informal learning.

2. To learn how to put in place sustainable informal learning strategies in their companies that are based on knowledge sharing supported by Web 2.0 and net collaborative practices.



According the latest survey of the the Observatory of European SMEs (2007), the lack of skills is an important barrier to their innovation and sustainability. But smaller entrepreneurs, directive staff and decisions makers of SME don’t use to participate in training courses. The ENSR study (EC 2003) shows that small enterprises have a big preference for informal training. But this is regarded not really as “learning”, but a part of their job or a way to solve efficiently the daily tasks. Thanks to Web 2.0 Technologies and Net Collaborative Practices, these activities and information can be transformed and shared in structured informal learning systems to contribute to the knowledge development of SMEs.

Net Knowing 2.0 project aims to enable and to raise de awareness of entrepreneurs, managers and directive staff of European SMEs to apply Web 2.0. technologies, net collaborative practices and socio-professional networks -like Communities of practices- as a support to implement structured informal learning strategies and systems in their companies, based on knowledge sharing and information interchange. It will be based on the transfer of the results of SIMPEL - IMPROVING eLEARNING PRACTICES IN SMEs project (2006-2008), that have developed and validated sustainable models of e-learning in SMEs. It has been supported by EU eLearning Program.

Net Knowing 2.0. will develop, test and disseminate a didactical package that will consist in: a self-learning basic course focused on learning by Web 2.0 and networking collaborative practices; an e-learning upper level course focused on the implementation of Web 2.0 structured informal learning systems and strategies in SMEs; an e-learning Web 2.0. suite including a training Web 2.0. toolkit; the design of 2 modular formative SME workshops; a Virtual Community of Practice to support and coach SMEs implementing 2.0 informal learning systems and Lifelong Learning strategies. A website, an electronic bulletin, and product’s brochure will be developed as dissemination products and a international seminar and national workshops will be organised.

The consortium has six partners. Iturbrok (ES) and Tempo (CZ), are IT experts, experienced in IT and Networking competencies learning and e-learning activities including the design and development of e-contents, e-platforms and e- tools aimed to vocational training and adult education. EMRC (IR) and IAT (DE), are educational research centres of universities with expertise on innovative learning methods by using ICT. The Chamber of Commerce of Siauliai (LT) and AIP (PT) are entrepreneurial associations in narrow relationship with the end users.

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Educational Media Research Centre, Electronics and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick.
University of Limerick, Plassey, Limerick, Ireland, Limerick

Nad Porubkou 838, Ostrava

Associaçao Industrial Portuguesa-Confederaçao Empresarial
Praça das Industrias. Apartado 3200, Lisboa

Siauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts
Vilniaus str. 88, Siauliai

Institut Arbeit und Technik (IAT), FH Gelsenkirchen
Munscheidstr. 14, Gelsenkirchen


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