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TRAILER: A Tool for Managing Informal Learning


  • Clara Viegas

    (School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal)

  • Maria Marques

    (School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal)

  • Gustavo Alves

    (School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal)

  • Aleksandra Mykowska

    (Dom Szkoleń i Doradztwa Mykowska Aleksandra, Kraków, Poland)

  • Nikolas Galanis

    (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Marc Alier

    (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Francis Brouns

    (Open Universiteit, Welten Institute, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

  • José Janssen

    (Open Universiteit, Welten Institute, Heerlen, The Netherlands)

  • Francisco J. García-Peñalvo

    (Computer Science Department, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

  • Alicia Holgado

    (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

  • Valentina Zangrando

    (University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

  • Miguel à ngel Conde-González

    (Department of Mechanical, Computer Science and Aerospace Engineering, University of León, León, Spain)


Even though informal learning plays an important role in everyone's life, not everyone is aware of its importance. These informal activities contribute to the development of self-regulated learning that can help productivity in different environments. As this kind of apprentices grow, the need to keep track of this developed knowledge is becoming vital. This paper presents a study on the perception and usage of a tool that would help keeping track of learners' informal learning. This study was conducted both within academic and professional contexts and was developed within the European Commission funded TRAILER project. The contexts were similar regarding the importance and perception of informal learning, but differed concerning tool usage and the usefulness of such a platform. The overall idea of managing one's informal learning was well accepted and welcomed, which validated the emerging need for a tool with this purpose.

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  • Clara Viegas & Maria Marques & Gustavo Alves & Aleksandra Mykowska & Nikolas Galanis & Marc Alier & Francis Brouns & José Janssen & Francisco J. García-Peñalvo & Alicia Holgado & Valentina Zangrand, 2014. "TRAILER: A Tool for Managing Informal Learning," International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals (IJHCITP), IGI Global, vol. 5(3), pages 1-17, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jhcitp:v:5:y:2014:i:3:p:1-17

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