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Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Education and the Social Web: Connective Learning and the Commercial Imperative

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  • Maria Irene Albers
    Dear Bee, Thanks a lot. I totally agree with the author s point of view in regards to TV; let s see what happens with the Web. Greetings from Valencia,
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 23, 2010
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      Dear Bee,

      Thanks a lot. I totally agree with the author's point of view in regards to TV;
      let's see what happens with the Web.

      Greetings from Valencia, Venezuela,
      María Irene Albers de Urriola
      Departamento de Idiomas Modernos
      Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación
      Universidad de Carabobo




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      From: Barbara Dieu <beeonline@...>
      To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thu, September 23, 2010 6:05:24 AM
      Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] Education and the Social Web: Connective
      Learning and the Commercial Imperative

      I have just come across this interesting article by Norm Friesen,
      which makes us stop and think critically about our role as educators.

      ARTICLE ABSTRACT: In recent years, new socially-oriented Web
      technologies have been portrayed as placing the learner at the centre
      of networks of knowledge and expertise, potentially leading to new
      forms of learning and education. In this paper, I argue that
      commercial social networks are much less about circulating knowledge
      than they are about connecting users (“eyeballs”) with advertisers; it
      is not the autonomous individual learner, but collective corporate
      interests that occupy the centre of these networks. Looking first at
      Facebook, Twitter, Digg and similar services, I argue their business
      model restricts their information design in ways that detract from
      learner control and educational use. I also argue more generally that
      the predominant “culture” and corresponding types of content on
      services like those provided Google similarly privileges advertising
      interests at the expense of users. Just as commercialism has rendered
      television beyond the reach of education, commercial pressures
      threaten to seriously limit the potential of the social Web for
      education and learning.

      http://learningspaces.org/n/node/50

      Warm regards from Brazil,
      Bee

      --
      Barbara Dieu
      http://barbaradieu.com
      http://beespace.net


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    • Michael Shade
      Maria, Thanks for re-posting this - over the summer I d turned off my preference for receiving Webheads messages by email, and forgot to turn it back on - so I
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 1, 2010
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        Maria,

        Thanks for re-posting this - over the summer I'd turned off my preference for receiving Webheads messages by email, and forgot to turn it back on - so I missed Bee's original post.

        Michael
        UK
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        Michael Shade
        michael@...
        http://www.michalska.net
        http://blog.michalska.net/

        On 23 Sep 2010, at 21:57, Maria Irene Albers wrote:

        > Dear Bee,
        >
        > Thanks a lot. I totally agree with the author's point of view in regards to TV;
        > let's see what happens with the Web.
        >
        > Greetings from Valencia, Venezuela,
        > Mar�a Irene Albers de Urriola
        > Departamento de Idiomas Modernos
        > Facultad de Ciencias de la Educaci�n
        > Universidad de Carabobo
        >
        > ________________________________
        > From: Barbara Dieu <beeonline@...>
        > To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
        > Sent: Thu, September 23, 2010 6:05:24 AM
        > Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] Education and the Social Web: Connective
        > Learning and the Commercial Imperative
        >
        > I have just come across this interesting article by Norm Friesen,
        > which makes us stop and think critically about our role as educators.
        >
        > ARTICLE ABSTRACT: In recent years, new socially-oriented Web
        > technologies have been portrayed as placing the learner at the centre
        > of networks of knowledge and expertise, potentially leading to new
        > forms of learning and education. In this paper, I argue that
        > commercial social networks are much less about circulating knowledge
        > than they are about connecting users (�eyeballs�) with advertisers; it
        > is not the autonomous individual learner, but collective corporate
        > interests that occupy the centre of these networks. Looking first at
        > Facebook, Twitter, Digg and similar services, I argue their business
        > model restricts their information design in ways that detract from
        > learner control and educational use. I also argue more generally that
        > the predominant �culture� and corresponding types of content on
        > services like those provided Google similarly privileges advertising
        > interests at the expense of users. Just as commercialism has rendered
        > television beyond the reach of education, commercial pressures
        > threaten to seriously limit the potential of the social Web for
        > education and learning.
        >
        > http://learningspaces.org/n/node/50
        >
        > Warm regards from Brazil,
        > Bee
        >
        > --
        > Barbara Dieu
        > http://barbaradieu.com
        > http://beespace.net
        >
        > ------------------------------------
        >
        > When replying to postings, please delete this footer and extraneous text from
        > reply BUT retain info to help retain context :-) http://webheads.infoYahoo!
        > Groups Links
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        >
        >



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