On the stupidity of mobs

Dron, Jon (2006) On the stupidity of mobs In: IADIS International Conference: Web Based Communities 2006, 26-28 Feb 2006, San Sebastian, Spain.

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This paper explores the implications of social navigation used to assist online learning communities. It presents an experiment in social navigation employing a treasure map, comparing the behavior of users provided with social navigation cues and the behavior of those with no such cues. The experiment suggests that social navigation may cause poor decision-making in its users in two distinct ways. Some users may follow the actions of others (even poor ones), while others may actively try to behave differently. Neither strategy is useful at all times. The paper goes on to discuss approaches to limiting the dangers of such systems.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online learning, e-learning, social navigation
Subjects: X000 Education > X300 Education Studies
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Learning Technologies
Depositing User: Helen Webb
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 11:19
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/3253

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