First International Congress about E-Learning and social inclusion

On Thursday 15th April I’m speaking at the First International Congress about E-Learning and social inclusion

My communication will be 30 minutes long within the framework of Thursday afternoon (15.45-17.15) session II: Problem solving methodology for e-learning. Ain’t no complete communications programme yet: promise to publish at once when noticed.

Though I’m still thinking on what I exactly want to say, my mental scheme is as follows:

The online volunteer: knowledge manager and transmitter


Theoretical Framework

  • Taxonomny of the online volunteer
  • The potential virtual volunteer as the eternal excluded from cooperation for development: a “market” to discover
  • The virtual volunteer en his knowledge centered role: store, organize, create and transfer knowledge

Practical case: e-Learning for e-Inclusion

A three pieces puzzle:

  • Content and didactic materials
  • e-Learning platform
  • Syllabus, coordination and teaching

Main characteristics of online volunteering centered e-learning projects:

  • The e-volunteer as the knowledge transmitter, without time nor space boundaries
  • South-south cooperation: the e-volunteer placed at the target social framework
  • Economic sustainability: online volunteering costs, replication opportunities, multiplier effects of the model

Can I set up a project like this?

  • The experience of the Campus for Peace
  • Free content: GNU licenses, Creative Commons, MIT OpenCourseWare and Learning Objects repositories
  • Free e-learning platforms: Moodle, Claroline, MIT, other F/OSS supports
  • Virtual volunteers:, others.


If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2004) “First International Congress about E-Learning and social inclusion” In ICTlogy, #7, April 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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