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Social Media and Learning
Social Media and Learning
Drew PaulinSarah Gilbert
INTRODUCTION

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected and information-rich, people are using online environments and tools to reach out and connect in new and powerful ways. The emergence of the read/write web, or Web 2.0 applications, signals a social turn in the evolution of the Internet. Social media, and the associated cultures of participation, sharing, openness, and collaboration are at the forefront of this change. Blogs, wikis, social networking sites, and micropost platforms (e.g. Twitter, Vine, Instagram, etc.) have brought about new trends and practices in the way that knowledge is consumed, distributed, and constructed (McLoughlin & Lee, 2007). These technologies, and the emergent practices around knowledge that accompany them, enable possibilities for learners to personalize ...

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