TY - BOOK ID - 19405 TI - Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media AU - Jon Dron AU - Terry Anderson PY - 2014 SN - 9781927356807 9781927356814 9781927356821 9781771990004 DB - DOAB KW - educational technology KW - social media KW - networked learning KW - self-directed learning KW - blended learning KW - learning management systems KW - learning communities KW - lifelong learners UR - https://www.doabooks.org/doab?func=search&query=rid:19405 AB - Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is by no means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. A foundational method in online and blended education, as well as the most common means of informal and self-directed learning, networked learning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well as learning.
, Dron and 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. ER -