Mapping the digital terrain: New media and social software as catalysts for pedagogical change

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2008
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McLoughlin C., Lee M.J.W.,
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ASCILITE 2008 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
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"""In the emerging digital landscape of the Web 2.0 era, where social software tools like blogs, wikis and podcasts provide instant connectivity, promises of engagement and community building, there is a need to rethink models for teaching and learning. In this paper, the authors argue that outmoded didactic models, which place emphasis on the delivery of information by an instructor and/or from a textbook, may need to be replaced in order for student-centred learning to come to fruition. Currently, e-learning pedagogies at universities and colleges appear to be fuelled largely by learning management systems (LMS s) that replicate these traditional paradigms in an online setting. They conform to a """"student-asinformation consumer"""" model, thereby reinforcing instructor-centred approaches to teaching, learning and knowledge, as opposed to being conducive to constructivist modes of learning that enable a high degree of learner self-direction and personalisation. This paper also explores a range of examples demonstrating productive pedagogical applications of social software tools. A number of recent constructivist theoretical paradigms are presented that have the potential to transform teaching, learning and pedagogy in higher education. © 2008 Catherine McLoughlin & Mark J. W. Lee."""
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