Learning Without Frontiers' Documents and Papers
Some of the documents on this site are available in HTML and
PDF format. You are invited to look into the papers of your interest,
and provide us with your input.
Sharing experiences and inviting your input
together in an environment of shared resources:
Challenges on the horizon of the year 2020 (a PDF document).
By Jan Visser as a contribution to the preparation by UNESCO
of the report "UNESCO: Horizon 2020."
What does it mean to be learning in the perspective of Horizon
2020? Both the schooling tradition and many of the alternative
pathways to learning that complement it, such as much of the
distance education tradition, still treat knowledge as something
independent of the relationship between the beholder and her
or his world. Fundamental changes are required in the ways in
which, both at individual and societal levels, learning and the
conditions that promote and facilitate it are being conceived.
Learning Environments: the real and not so real of reality and
virtuality (a PDF document). An increasing number of virtual
providers of education emerge. Other, already existing, institutions
add virtual dimensions to their more traditional forms of educational
delivery. What does it all mean? How real are those virtual institutions?
What distinguishes them from the institutions (providers of face-to-face
education and distance education) we are used to? How should
these developments affect us? Can lessons be learned? This paper
tries to address some of these questions while raising other
- Our partners in India have been working on developing this
background concept paper for a new project that they plan on
catalyzing: Udaipur as a Learning City.
We would greatly appreciate your thoughts and suggestions on
it as well as any additional contacts/resources materials/experiences
which we should consult. Please feel free to share this call
with others. Please send your comments c/o Vidhi
Jain, Learning Activist, Shikshantar. (included 15/4/99)
- The first on-line version of the original
contribution to UNESCO's World Communication and Information
Report 1999 (PDF Document) written by Prof C. Blurton from
the University of Hong Kong. In the final form it will be significantly
reduced in size. Especially because of the many interesting references
we decided to provide the full document on-line. The many interesting
references to web-sites appearing in this text are not yet verified,
nor directly clickable. We are working on these issues. (included
- Technology Portfolio,
a compilation of cases and opinions surrounding the issue of
technology and learning..
- Multilingualism in a Pervasive Learning
Environment. About the inadequacies of today's schooling,
but more important: What can we learn from inspiring experiences
from, literaly, around the world?
- Information Technology, Adult Learning,
Employment (ITALE). LWF is supporting this study into adult
learning needs and the impact of IT in the adult learning process.
- Rethinking Community Schools
- Conceptualizing Open Learning Communities. A discussion
brief prepared in close collaboration with the NGOs Programme
on Literacy and Education for All.
Projects by LWF and partners: reference, progress, evaluation
- Project Proposal Mozambique
Following up on the activities reflected in the three documents
below, LWF has now produced a project proposal consisting of
three parts. The first part outlines the proposal of the project
and particularly concerns activities which will be implemented
in the Province of Nampula. The second document is
of a macro nature, and concerns the establishment and structure
of a Foundation for Learning Without Frontiers in Mozambique,
which will promote and disseminate this concept, and which will
be responsible for the implementation of the project. The third
part, which is still under preparation, will define the modes
of collaboration between the main parties involved in this project.
- Quadro Operacional Para Um Projecto
De Aprender Sem Fronteiras em Moçambique (proposta)
(PDF Document). During the Spring of 1998, a national team worked
on the development of an operational framework of action. Available
on this web site is the result of that exercise (available only
in Portuguese). (Included 4/6/98)
Durante a primeira metade de 1998 uma equipa nacional
elaborou um quadro operacional para actividades visando alcançar
os beneficiários da aprendizagem não alcançados
em Moçambique. O resultado desse exercício, que
se baseia no relatório ao Ministro da Educação
mencionado a seguir, apresenta-se aqui. (Incluido 4/6/98)
- Alacançando os Beneficiários
da Aprendizagem não Alcançados em Moçambique
(PDF Document). Um relatório ao Ministro da Educação
sobre as necessidades de aprendizagem e caminhos alternativos
de aprendizagem na perapectiva de uma resposta integrada às
necessidades de uma sociedade em rápido desenvolvimento
num mundo complexo.
This is a PDF file, included 27 January 1998.
Size 216 KB. Also available in compressed version: 178
- Reaching Unreached Learners in
Mozambique ( PDF Document). A report to the Minister of Education
on learning needs and alternative pathways to learning in the
perspective of an integrated response to the needs of a rapidly
developing society in a complex world.
This is a PDF file, included 7 January 1998.
Size 173 KB. Also available in compressed version: 136
- Internet in African Teacher Training:
description of this pilot project, currently being implemented
in Zimbabwe (included 11/3/97).
Conference contributions: papers and games
- Jurgen Zimmer, Gunter Faltin, David Becker et al.
'Transforming Community Schools into Open Learning Communities:
A Resource Paper',, International Community Education Association
- International Academy (INA/ICEA). (Included 28/6/99)
- Jan Visser, Basarab Nicolescu, Ron Burnett, Cheick Diarra,
Marcy Driscoll, Leon Lederman, Robert Tinker and Boris Berenfeld
are in Canada, contributing to the Symposium on Overcoming the
Underdevelopment of Learning at the Annual Meeting of the American
Educational Research Association, held in Montreal from 19 to
23 April 1999. All their full text
contributions are available on-line through the links on
- "Re-conceptualizing Learning
Environments for Sustainable Human Development: The Potential
of ICTs". (PDF Document) In May, LWF participated in
the Ghana Computer Literacy and Distance Education Conference
(GhaCLAD'98) in Accra. The materials used in the four hour session
contain among others the facilitator instructions, the used case
studies. This on-line version is the reviewed version, based
on user evaluation and our experience in Accra. .
- The Need For A New Perspective: Creating
Learning Networks for African Teachers, Change, Professional
Development and ICTs. A paper presented at the conference:
'Capacity Building for Information Technologies in Education
in Developing Countries' (CapBIT) (25-29 August 1997, Harare,
Zimbabwe). (Included 16/1/98)
- Simulation Game "Constructing
Open Learning Communities to Inspire a Changing World"
(A PDF file). A game designed by LWF and played during the Global
Knowledge Conference in June 1997. This file contains all material
you need to play the game: from facilitator instructions, a radio
broadcast and basic indicators for the the countries of Hoth
and Milarepa to role descriptions and worksheets for participants.
Size 192 KB.
- LWF contributed to the ICDE conference early June 1997 with
four articles: "Learning Without
Frontiers: Beyond Open and Distance Learning."
- What Kind of Literacy for
What Kind of Development? is a series of Powerpoint slides
used by our team members in a presentation held on 29 May 1997,
during a meeting on "ICTs For Learning" (UNDP, New
- Susanne Schnuttgen (1997). 'Open
Learning Communities Under Construction: Are NGOs Contributing
to the Process?', Comparative and International Education
Society (CIES) Conference on Education, Democracy and Development
at the Turn of the Century, Mexico City. (Included 28/6/99)
- Towards Open Learning Communities:
One Vision Under Construction (also available as PDF
document), a paper presented in the panel "Constructing
Open Learning Communities to Inspire a Changing World" during
the CIES '97 conference: "Education, Democracy and Development
at the Turn of the Century (March 18-23, 1997).
- "Towards Building Open Learning
Communities: Re-contextualizing Teachers and Learners"
(a PDF Document). Contribution to the international conference
on Information Technology: Supporting Change Through Teacher
Education Kiryat Anavim, Israel, 30 June - 5 July 1996.
Learning Without Frontiers: the Concept and the Unit