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Self-Organizing Networked Learning Environments

Self-Organizing Networked Learning Environments
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Author(s): Jon Dron (University of Brighton, UK)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 5
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, First Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch435


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The Internet has long been touted as an answer to the needs of adult learners, providing a wealth of resources and the means to communicate in many ways with many people. This promise rarely has been fulfilled, and often, when it is, by mimicking traditional instructor-led processes of education. As a large network, the Internet has characteristics that differentiate it from other learning environments. As Kelly (1998) puts it, “the sum of the value of a network increases as the square of the number of members.” Because these interactions are mediated through computers and may be with many users at once, this is a notable underestimate.

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