Maarten de Laat

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Maarten de Laat is associate professor of management staff and director of the Networked Learning research programme at the Ruud de Moor Centrum, Open Universiteit. His research concentrates on professional development, knowledge creation through (online) social networks and the impact the technology and social design has on the way these networks work and learn. He has published and presented his work extensively in research journals, books and conferences. He is currently a member of the local organizing committee of the EARLI conference in Exeter (2011) as well as the organizing committee of the international Networked Learning conference hosted at the Open Universiteit in 2012, the steering committee of the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (2012) and co-chair of the minitrack Learning Analytics & Networked Learning at the 2012 HICSS conference. During the previous Networked Learning conference in Aalborg, 2010 he organized a series of online pre-conference Hot Seat discussions bringing together key thinkers and researchers on networked learning theory and methodology using a social networking site. The site attracted over 350 registered users.

Selected publications:

  • Wenger, E., Trayner, B., and De Laat, M.F. (2011). Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: A conceptual framework. Heerlen: Ruud de Moor Centrum, OU.
  • Wegerif, R. and De Laat, M.F. (2010). "Reframing the teaching of higher order thinking for the network society". In: Ludvigsen, Lund, & Saljo (eds) Learning in social practices: ICT and new artefacts - transformation of social and cultural practices.
  • Benfield, G. and De Laat, M.F. (2010) "Collaborative knowledge building". In Sharp & Beetham. Rethinking Learning. London: Routhledge Falmer
  • Dirckinck-Homlfeld, L., Hodgson, V., Jones, C., De Laat, M.F., McConnell, D., and Ryberg, T. (2010). Networked Learning. Conference proceedings for the 7th International conference on Networked Learning, Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Akkerman, S., Petter, C. and De Laat, M. (2008). "Organising communities-of-practice: facilitating emergence". Journal of workplace learning, 20(6), 383-399.
  • Conole, G., De Laat, M. F., Dillon, T., and Derby, J. (2008). "'Disruptive technologies', 'pedagogical innovation': What's new? Findings from an in-depth study of students' use and perception of technology". Computers & Education.
  • De Laat, M. F., Lally, V., Lipponen, L., and Simons, P. R. J. (2007). "Patterns of interaction in a networked learning community: Squaring the circle". International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. DOI 10.1007/s11412-007-9006-4.
  • De Laat, M. F., Lally, V., Lipponen, L., and Simons, P. R. J. (2007). "Online teaching in networked learning communities: A multi-method approach to studying the role of the teacher". Instructional Science 35(3), 257-286.
  • Jones, C., Cook, J., Jones, A., and de Laat, M.F. (2007) "Collaboration". Chapter 12 in Conole and Oliver (eds) Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research. London: RoutledgeFalmer.



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