for effective learning and integration with industry

Goran D. Putnik

Dr. Habil, DrSc, Professor,

Department of Production and Systems Engineering & Research Centre ALGORITMI, University of Minho, Portugal


One of the main priorities of EU agenda is smart growth, implying that Europe’s economy should be based on knowledge and innovation on levels that require a shift in quality of education improving and enhancement of the education systems performance. In this lecture, emergent education paradigms such as Education 3.0 and Social Network-based Education (SNE) are presented, as these are seen by many authors as drivers for the required change in education. Education 3.0 and Social Network-based Education (SNE) are inspired by several emergent disciplines, such as: chaos and complexity management in organizations, learning organizations, semiotics framework for system and organization integration and complex network theory. Further, the concept of Learning Factory (LF) is presented as well, as the instrument for innovative and effective true alignment of education with industry, especially for education and training for a large variety of advanced manufacturing concepts and emergent business models, such as: Internet-based work (design, management, operation); Product/Service Systems (PSS); cloud and ubiquitous manufacturing systems and enterprises; virtuality; agility; networked organization/networking (supply-chain); social network-based and community-based manufacturing/production; crowdsourcing; open system architecture-based organization; learning organization; entrepreneurship; advanced ICT; complexity management in organization; integration and interoperability in organizations; Cyber-physical system (CPS); negotiation; human-centred view of organization vs technology-centred; game theory; competition-based environments (markets) and organizations (concurrent engineering); collaboration-based environments (communities) and organizations (collaborative engineering); large-scale open-ended projects; open-source projects; Web 3.0 & 4.0 –based organizations; Industry 4.0; and similar, as virtually organizational and business models that will characterize the 21st century manufacturing and related businesses.

A conceptual framework for education 3.0 implementation is also presented according to several domains including interaction architecture, management, teaching technology, learning methodology, curricula construction, space and time.

Finally, a model of Social Network-based Education, as a model within the Education 3.0 paradigm, is presented, that is implemented for already 6 consecutive years at the University of Minho for a group of subjects within the Industrial Engineering and Management integrated master-course.



Education 3.0, Social Network-Based Education, Learning Factory, complexity, industry