Track 11. Transferring knowledge and experiences from informal to formal learning contexts


The purpose of this track is to analyse problems experienced with the validation of informal learning and to propose alternative approaches. There is a mismatch between the enthusiasm of policy makers and other actors for informal learning initiatives, and the lack of adoption of systems in real workplaces. The use of managerial tools, such as validation and competence catalogues, has demonstrated the danger of constraining the scope for informal learning. We’d like to advance and explore other different approaches to achieve the challenge of defining a very transparent framework in which both formal and informal learning are considering as important components of the own person’s knowledge base.


The main topics regarding this track are related but not limited to the following ones:

  • Informal learning competences discovering and recognition
  • Technological ecosystem for enhancing informal learning recognition
  • Informal learning approaches in formal learning contexts
  • Semantic representations for informal learning evidences
  • Informal learning behaviors

Paper language



Session will be organized in thematic threads. Each thread will be presented as an interactive panel in which the participants will have about 10-12 minutes following a debate about it. After the panels workgroups will produce the conclusions of the track that will be published both online in the conference webpage and as a collective paper in a journal.

Language: English


Submission date: June 28, 2014
Submission format:
Submissions must be done through, choosing this track before to proceed.

Track Scientific Committee

Dr. David Griffiths (University of Bolton, UK) – Co-chair
Dr. Francisco José García Peñalvo (University of Salamanca, Spain) – Co-chair
Mª José Rodríguez Conde (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Antonio M. Seoane-Pardo (University of Salamanca, Spain)
Nick Kearney (Andamio Education and Technology, UK)
Marc Alier (Barcelona Tech, Spain)
Miroslav Minovic (University of Belgrado, Serbia)
Gustavo Alves (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)
Maria Arcelina Marques (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)
Clara Viegas (Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)
José Janssen (OUNL, The Netherlands)
Peter Sloep (OUNL, The Netherlands)
Miguel Ángel Conde-González (University of León, Spain)
Mark Johnson (University of Bolton, UK)
Ricardo Colomo-Palacios (Østfold University College, Norway)
Heli Hillevi Aramo-Immonen (Tampere University of Technology, Finland)

Special Issue

The accepted papers in this track will be invited to prepare and submit an extended version to be considered, after a new peer review, for publication in a Special Issue in Computers in Human Behavior (

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