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Dron – control

Social Software and the Emergence of Control Jon Dron University of Brighton Jon.dron@brighton.ac.uk Abstract Social software, such as blogs, wikis, tagging systems and collaborative filters, treats the group as a first-class object within the system. Drawing from theories of transactional distance and control, this paper proposes a model of e-learning that extends traditional concepts of learner-teacher-content interactions to include these emergent properties of the group. It suggests that this feature of social software can facilitate an approach to e-learning that is qualitatively different from and capable of significantly augmenting traditional methods. It goes on to explore some of the dangers and issues that need to be addressed.



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