Prof. Dr. Maarten de Laat, Open University of the Netherlands gave a talk on “Towards informal-formal professional development networks” on February 18, 2013.
Prof. Dr. Maarten de Laat is full Professor at LOOK, a research center on teacher professional development, at the Open University of the Netherlands. He is director of the Social and Networked Learning research program, which concentrates on exploring social learning strategies and networked learning relationships that facilitate professional development in the workplace. His research is focused on informal learning in the workplace, lifelong learning, professional development and knowledge creation through (online) social networks and communities and the impact of technology, learning analytics and social design on the way these networks and communities work, learn and create value. He has published and presented his work extensively in research journals, books and conferences. He is co-chair of the International Networked Learning Conferences and a member of the steering committee of SoLAR (Society for Learning Analytics Research).