Jon Dron & Terry Anderson
This is a book about how crowds can teach, and how to teach crowds, using the tools and communities of social media. It is about online learning with the help of other people and helping other people to learn online. Whether you are a teacher, a researcher, or a learner, there is probably something in this book for you.
George Siemens calls it the most important edtech book released in 2014…
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Preface – Chapter 1. On the Nature and Value of Social Software for Learning – Chapter 2. Social Learning Theories – Chapter 3. A Typology of Social Forms for Learning – Chapter 4. Learning in Groups – Chapter 5. Learning in Networks – Chapter 6. Learning in Sets – Chapter 7. Learning with Collectives – Chapter 8. Stories From the Field – Chapter 9. Issues and Challenges in Educational Uses of Social Software – Chapter 10. The Shape of Things and of Things to Come
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Teaching Crowds is one of nine open access books (more on the way), published by Athabasca University Press as components of a Issues in Distance Education series. We invite readers to review the other titles in this series and considering publishing with AUPress.
RT @jondron Agree totally. Systems thinking lets us choose the boundaries for nodes so we can focus on edges (signals) that matter to us now. A systems perspective is richer - sets, stochastic urns, human values, emergence, etc - but it’s still nets all the way down. Or elephants. twitter.com/gsiemens/statu…
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