Epimethean information systems: harnessing the power of the collective in e-learning

Dron, J. (2005) Epimethean information systems: harnessing the power of the collective in e-learning International Journal of Information Technology and Management (IJITM), 4 (4). pp. 392-404. ISSN 1461-4111

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Abstract

This paper discusses the educational uses of self-organised web-based environments that are defined as Epimethean Information Systems. Epimethean Information Systems are not designed in the conventional sense, but take their shape in response to the actions of the people that use them. They share a range of characteristics, including implicit communication between users, emergent structure, and self-organisation. The fact that structure in such systems arises out of a dialogic process means that they are potentially ideal vehicles for e-learning, combining high and low transactional distance (a measurement of the relative degree of structure and dialogue in an educational transaction) in a single environment as well as shaping themselves to the needs of a specific community.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:e-learning, emergence, evolution, self-organisation, transactional distance, stigmergy, recommender system, CMC, web-based environments, internet, epimethean information systems, implicit communication, deferred systems
Subjects:G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences > G500 Information Systems
X000 Education > X300 Education Studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1504/IJITM.2005.007070
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Learning Technologies
ID Code:1035
Deposited By:editor cmis
Deposited On:04 Dec 2006
Last Modified:15 May 2012 08:52

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