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Teaching Crowds

Learning and Social Media

In Teaching Crowds, Jon Dron and Terry Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1            On the Nature and Value of Social Software for Learning

Chapter 2            Social Learning Theories

Chapter 3            A Typology of Social Forms for Learning

Chapter 4            Learning in Groups

Chapter 5            Learning in Networks

Chapter 6            Learning in Sets

Chapter 7            Learning with Collectives

Chapter 8            Stories From the Field

Chapter 9            Issues and Challenges in Educational Uses of Social Software

Chapter 10          The Shape of Things and of Things to Come



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