Social software and the emergence of control

Dron, J. (2006) Social software and the emergence of control In: The 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2006), 5-7 July 2006, Kerkrade, Netherlands.

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Abstract

Social software, such as blogs, wikis, tagging systems and collaborative filters, treats the group as a first-class object within the system. Drawing from theories of transactional distance and control, this paper proposes a model of e-learning that extends traditional concepts of learner-teacher-content interactions to include these emergent properties of the group. It suggests that this feature of social software can facilitate an approach to e-learning that is qualitatively different from and capable of significantly augmenting traditional methods. It goes on to explore some of the dangers and issues that need to be addressed in order for this new model to fulfill its promise.

Item Type:Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social software, e-learning, online learning
Subjects:X000 Education > X300 Education Studies
Faculties:Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Learning Technologies
ID Code:3254
Deposited By:Helen Webb
Deposited On:23 Nov 2007
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:34

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