- Subject index
The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES
Chapter 18: Social Media and Learning
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 ...