Teaching Crowds

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. In Teaching Crowds, 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 8
List of Figures and Tables 10
Preface 12
Chapter 1 On the Nature and Value of Social Software for Learning 20
Chapter 2 Social Learning Theories 52
Chapter 3 A Typology of Social Forms for Learning 88
Chapter 4 Learning in Groups 110
Chapter 5 Learning in Networks 148
Chapter 6 Learning in Sets 182
Chapter 7 Learning with Collectives 216
Chapter 8 Stories From the Field 254
Chapter 9 Issues and Challenges in Educational Uses of Social Software 292
Chapter 10 The Shape of Things and of Things to Come 316
References 344
C 366
B 366
A 366
Index 366
G 367
F 367
E 367
D 367
O 368
N 368
M 368
L 368
K 368
J 368
I 368
H 368
T 369
S 369
R 369
Q 369
P 369
U 370
V 370
W 370
X 370
Y 370