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December 22, 2003
We-Learning: Social Software and E-Learning
Part 1 of an overview article by Eva Kaplan-Leiserson on how social software is used for learning
. Too short, but high-value links are included. I especially liked the following juxtaposition of theories on why social software is booming. I think all three of the causes mentioned actually reinforce one another's effects.
The sudden popularity of social technologies Boyd attributes to the increase in low-cost tools and the critical mass of millions of people who are now connected to the Internet. Others, the authors of Its Not What You Know, Its Who You Know in Internet journal First Monday, say that because of the swift pace of organizational change, workers are relying less on traditional company structures and more on their own personal social networks. A third theory, described by the founders of online interaction consultancy Headshift, is that people are searching for a feeling of community thats been lost as many third places (not work, not home, but a third place where people congregate and interact) have closed down.
_(via "Stephen Downes":http://downes.ca/)_
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