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Title:Participatory Transformations
Author(s):Haythornthwaite, Caroline A.
online learning
peer production
Abstract:Learning, in its many forms, from the classroom to independent study, is being transformed by new practices emerging around Internet use. Conversation, participation and community have become watchwords for the processes of learning promised by the Internet and accomplished via technologies such as bulletin boards, wikis, blogs, social software and repositories, devices such as laptops, cell phones and digital cameras, and infrastructures of internet connection, telephone, wireless and broadband. This chapter discusses the impact of emergent, participatory trends on education. In learning and teaching participatory trends harbinge a radical transformation in who learns from whom, where, under what circumstances, and for what and whose purpose. They bring changes in where we find information, who we learn from, how learning progresses, and how we contribute to our learning and the learning of others. These trends indicate a transformation to "ubiquitous learning" – a continuous anytime, anywhere, anyone contribution and retrieval of learning materials and advice on and through the Internet and its technologies, niches and social spaces.
Issue Date:2009-03
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
Citation Info:Haythornthwaite, Caroline (2009). Participatory transformations. In W. Cope & M. Kalantzis (Eds.), Ubiquitous Learning (chapter 4). Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.
Genre:Book Chapter
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-11-10

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