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EduCamp Colombia: Social networked learning for teacher training

  • Diego Ernesto Leal Fonseca EAFIT University
Keywords: higher education, e-learning 2.0, connectivism, personal learning environments, unconferences


This paper describes a learning experience called EduCamp, which was launched by the Ministry of Education of Colombia in 2007, based on emerging concepts such as e-Learning 2.0, connectivism, and personal learning environments. An EduCamp proposes an unstructured collective learning experience, which intends to make palpable the possibilities of social software tools in learning and interaction processes while demonstrating face-to-face organizational forms that reflect social networked learning ideas. The experience opens new perspectives for the design of technology training workshops and for the development of lifelong learning experiences.

Author Biography

Diego Ernesto Leal Fonseca, EAFIT University
Diego ( holds a Master’s degree in Computing and Systems Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), where he worked until 2007 as researcher and advisor at the R&D Laboratory on Educational Informatics (LIDIE). Until April 2008, he was Project Manager for the National Program on Media and ICT Use in Higher Education at the Colombian Ministry of Education. Currently, he works as research advisor for EAFIT University (Medellín. Colombia), and he does consulting work on innovation in education with the use of technology. Diego lives in Rio de Janeiro, and writes ( about the impact of new media on learning and society.
How to Cite
Leal Fonseca, D. E. (2011). EduCamp Colombia: Social networked learning for teacher training. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(3), 60-79.