How to empower citizens through virtual learning environments

Pimenta, Maria Alzira; de Almeida Pimenta, Sônia; Furtado, José; Petrucci, Mabel
December 2015
Adult Education & Development;2015, Issue 82, p106
This article describes the research carried out within the Observatório Cidadão (Citizen Observation - CO) of Campinas, Brazil. The research looks at the potential of the CO to foster and encourage citizen action by identifying how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) could be better used to promote emancipatory processes. The CO proposal is to build Digital Learning Objects (DLO) to be used with the assistance of instructors, promoting emancipation and empowerment within society. The expected result is to empower citizens to participate in intelligent discussions and be able to propose and decide on themes like city planning and solid waste policies.


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