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A learning ecology perspective for the internet
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Looi, C. K. (2000). A learning ecology perspective for the internet. Educational Technology, 40(3), 56-60.
The Internet is a powerful phenomenon that is radically
transforming much of our economy, politics, culture,
education, business and social processes, and almost
everything else. In order to make sense of such a
phenomenon, researchers have applied the ecology
metaphor to information production and consumption
on the Internet. In the education and training arena,
some authors and researchers have also applied the
ecology metaphor to viewing learning on the Internet
(Brown, 1999). The Internet is seen as a powerful
medium for creating and supporting a learning ecology.
In th1s art1cle, we explore the notion of a learning
ecology on the Internet by looking at the dimensions of
diverse participation, information production and
consumption, representations, and experiences. We
hope that such a discussion will be useful in framing
some of the educational technology problems and
solutions on the Internet as well as deriving
implications for designing tools and learning activity
structures for online learning.
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