Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Wen 2.0 and Social Software: Challenges and Complexity of Communication in Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Keywords

Web 2.0, social software, communication in education, teacher roles and functions

Publication Title

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

ISSN

0302-9743

Volume

5298

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

This paper begins with an exploration of the changes that new Web tools and social software have fostered in communication in educational settings. It uses the framework of Luhmann to examine the complexity of these changes, and the potential to promote student centered learning. Through three case studies of student projects, the initial examination of an evolving educational investigation, results demonstrate the challenge for teachers to take on new roles, the reality that students’ learning styles continue to drive their preferences, and the need for all teachers to understand more fully the possibilities and potential these tools offer for some students. The paper ends with a call for further research in this area.

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