Interested, authentic audiences can be found online.
Feedback comes from interested others. Peer evaluation motivates learning.
A youth explaining how feedback from fellow participants feels more authentic than feedback received in school: “ It’s something I can do in my spare time, be creative and write and not have to be graded,” because, “you know how in school you’re creative, but you’re doing it for a grade so it doesn’t really count?” From: Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from Digital Youth Project 5
"...interest-driven groups also offer a way to gain recognition and reputation as well as an audience for creative work." From: Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from Digital Youth Project 6
"The most profound impact of the Internet, an impact that has yet to be fully realized, is its ability to support and expand the various aspects of social learning." John Seely Brown 8 photo credit: Joi @ Flickr John Seely Brown
"The latest evolution of the Internet, the so-called Web 2.0, has blurred the line between producers and consumers of content and has shifted attention from access to information toward access to other people." 9 John Seely Brown
"Information technologies are having a significant impact on how people work, play, gain information, and collaborate. Increasingly, those who use technology in ways that expand their global connections are more likely to advance, while those who do not will find themselves on the sidelines." 10 2009 Horizon Report -Key Trends-