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Collaboration vs. Participation: The Role of Virtual Communities in a Web 2.0 World

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3 Author(s)
Colazzo, L. ; Dept. of Comput. & Manage. Sci., Univ. of Trento, Trento, Italy ; Molinari, A. ; Villa, N.

The paper presents a discussion on different ways of interaction and collaboration among users of Web applications oriented to learning. We discuss whether the "social" applications, such as Facebook or MySpace, follow a truly "collaborative" approach, very common after of the advent of Web 2.0, or a more simply "participatory" one. We argue that virtual communities, if specifically adapted to life-long learning settings and not generalized to social networks, are more suitable for educational purposes, thus allowing a better use of social network tools like blogs, wikis etc.

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Education Technology and Computer, 2009. ICETC '09. International Conference on

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17-20 April 2009