After working with student groups in online learning communities over a seven year period, the authors compare the nature and the quality of the student learning resulting from student knowledge building in Knowledge Forum ® software and the more dialogue driven approach to collaborative work in the Web 2.0 educational social networking software, Elgg®. With reference to research into the content of postings and student focus groups, initial findings indicate that, due to the rich interconnection of postings both within and between communities, substantial knowledge building is demonstrated in Elgg® even though the grazing and dipping approach taken by the students would appear to be much less focused than the more channelled nature of the work in Knowledge Forum®. The various implications of these findings for teachers working in e-learning are discussed including the need for a change of role with wider acknowledgement of the participation culture, being willing to delegate more control to such learning networking software, and the expansion of their own skills set, while acknowledging the contribution that personal blogging may have to building student confidence.
|Publication status||Published - 13 Jul 2008|
|Event||IPPC 2008 - Montreal, Canada|
Duration: 13 Jul 2008 → 16 Jul 2008
|Period||13/07/08 → 16/07/08|