Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

September 1, 2014|
Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media by Jon Dron
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Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology,learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selectionof tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blendedlearning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured anddelivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems(LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is byno means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. Afoundational method in online and blended education, as well as themost common means of informal and self-directed learning, networkedlearning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well aslearning.

In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model forunderstanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-basedtechnologies, one that rests on connections — on networks andcollectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that onlinelearning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning,the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms tocreate an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connectionsempower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’sexpertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In anincreasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue,better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners.

Jon Dron is associate professor in the School ofComputing and Information Systems and a member of theTechnology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at AthabascaUniversity. His current research concerns the social aspects oflearning technologies, with an emphasis on methods and technologiesthat enable learners to help each other. He i...
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Title:Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:450 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:450 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.8 in
Published:September 1, 2014
Publisher:Athabasca University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781927356807

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