Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media by Jon DronTeaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media by Jon Dron

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

byJon Dron, Terry Anderson

Paperback | September 1, 2014

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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 modelfor understanding 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 of Computing and Information Systems and a member of the Technology-Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University. His current research concerns the social aspects of learning technologies, with an emphasis on methods and technologies that enable learners to help each...
Title:Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social MediaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:450 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.88 inPublished:September 1, 2014Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927356806

ISBN - 13:9781927356807


Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi


Chapter1            Onthe Nature and Value of Social Software for Learning

Chapter2           Social Learning Theories

Chapter3            ATypology of Social Forms for Learning

Chapter4           Learning in Groups

Chapter5           Learning in Networks

Chapter6           Learning in Sets

Chapter7           Learning with Collectives

Chapter8           Stories From the Field

Chapter9           Issues and Challenges in Educational Uses of Social Software

Chapter 10          TheShape of Things and of Things to Come