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”… second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.” (Wikipedia)
”… technologies such as weblogs, social bookmarking, wikis, podcasts, RSS feeds (and other forms of many-to-many publishing), social software, Web APIs, Web standards and online Web services” (Wikipedia)
“ A social network service focuses on the building and verifying of online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others, and which necessitates the use of software.
Most social network services are primarily web based and provide a collection of various ways for users to interact, such as chat, messaging, email, video, voice chat, file sharing, blogging, discussion groups, and so on.”
” refers to a second phase of e-Learning based on Web 2.0 and emerging trends in eLearning. It can include features such as
eLearning where students create content, collaborate with peers through mechanisms such as blogs, Wikis, threaded discussions, RSS and others to form a learning network with distributed content creation and distribution of responsibilities.
eLearning that takes advantage of many sources of content aggregated together into learning experiences.
eLearning that utilizes various tools including online references, courseware, knowledge management, collaboration and search.”
(The most?) “hot” current learning theory - focus on collaborative and social dimensions of learning
Zone of proximal development
” the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers” (Vygosky)
Peer learning - (most?) learners often learn more effectively together than individually.
” Lev Vygotsky's social constructivist principles can be applied in new collaborative tools such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts.” (Wikipedia on Social Constructivism)