Open, Social and Participatory Media

The emergence of open, social and participatory media in recent years is changing the
landscape of technology practices. They are changing the ways in which users interact,
communicate and participate with technologies. These technologies include
social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Myspace, blogs and wikis
and microblogging sites such as Twitter. They are being used for a mixture of social
and professional activities. This chapter considers the impact of such Web 2.0 technologies on education and in particular how these new technologies are changing
learning and teaching practices. It will consider their fundamental characteristics and
look at the implications for learners, teachers and institutions. It argues that the impact
on practice can be both positive and negative and that as a consequence educational
institutions need to develop new policies and strategies to take account of these.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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