Social software and participatory learning: pedagogical choices with technology affordances in the Web 2.0 era

Catherine McLoughlin, Mark J.W. Lee

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The two-way Web has arrived, accompanied by a raft of affordances that expand how we teach, communicate, learn and create knowledge. New trends are emerging in the way information is distributed and consumed. Emerging "Web 2.0" services such as blogs, wikis and social bookmarking applications, as well as social networking sites like MySpace, Friendster and Facebook, are seen as more social and personal, and based on "microcontent", i.e., digital content in small fragments that may be combined and recombined by individuals to produce new patterns, images and interpretations. This paper investigates the affordances of Web 2.0 and social software and the choices and constraints they offer to tertiary teachers and learners. A discussion of emerging pedagogical models is presented to demonstrate that we now have access to an enabling suite of tools to support greater learner choice and self-direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT
Subtitle of host publicationProviding choices for learners and learning
EditorsRoger Atkinson, Claire McBeath, Swee-Kit Alan Soong, Chris Cheers
Place of PublicationSingapore, Singapore
PublisherCentre for Educational Development, Nanyang Technological University
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789810595784
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventASCILITE 2017: 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Duration: 03 Dec 201705 Dec 2017


ConferenceASCILITE 2017
Abbreviated titleMe. Us. IT
CityToowoomba, Queensland
Internet address

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