Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures: Cybercultures in Online Learning

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Steve Wheeler
IAP, 2009 - Computers - 284 pages
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A volume in Perspectives in Instructional Technology and Distance Education Series Editors: Charles Schlosser and Michael Simonson Nova Southeastern University As the title indicates, this book highlights the shifting and emergent features that represent life online, specifically in and around the territory of e-learning. Cybercultures in themselves are complex conglomerations of ideas, philosophies, concepts, and theories, some of which are fiercely contradictory. As a construct, "cyberculture" is a result of sustained attempts by diverse groups of people to make sense of multifarious activities, linguistic codes, and practices in complicated and ever-changing settings. It is an impossibly convoluted field. Any valid understanding of cyberculture can only be gained from living within it, and as Bell suggests, it is "made up of people, machines and stories in everyday life." Although this book contains a mix of perspectives, as the chapters progress, readers should detect some common threads. Technology-mediated activities are featured throughout, each evoking its particular cultural nuances and, as Derrick de Kerckhove (1997) has eloquently argued, technology acts as the skin of culture. All the authors are passionate about their subjects, every one engages critically with his or her topics, and each is fully committed to the belief that e-learning is a vitally important component in the future of education. All of the authors believe that digital learning environments will contribute massively to the success of the information society we now inhabit. Each is intent on exploration of the touchstone of "any time, any place" learning where temporal and spatial contexts cease to become barriers to learning, and where the boundaries are blurring between the formal and informal. This book is divided into four sections. In Part I, which has been titled "Digital Subcultures," we begin an exploration of "culture" and attempt to locate the learner within a number of digital subcultures that have arisen around new and emerging technologies such as mobile and handheld devices, collaborative online spaces, and podcasting. The chapters in this section represent attempts by the authors to demonstrate that there are many subdivisions present on the Web, and that online learners cannot and should not be represented as one vast amorphous mass of "Internet" users.
 

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Contents

Learning in Collaborative Spaces Encouraging a Culture of Sharing
3
Mobiles Subcultures
17
Podcasting A Listening Culture
29
The Emergence of Ubiquitous and Pervasive Learning Cultures
43
ROLES AND IDENTITIES
51
Identity in Cyberspace
53
Digital Tribes Virtual Clans
65
Gaming and the Network Generation
77
Emerging Online Practices An EndoAesthetic Approach to ETutoring and ELearning
141
Cyberculture and Postructural Approaches
159
Cyborg Theory and Learning
167
Transfer Through Learning Flexibility and Hypertextuality
185
NARRATIVES AND CASE STUDIES
207
Cybercrime in Society
209
Language Evolution in Txing Environments
225
The Cultural Impact of Elearning and Intranets on Corporate Employees
247

Creating an Online Course Generational Community
91
The Social Impact of Personal Learning Environments
119
CYBER PERSPECTIVES
139
Imagined Worlds Emerging Cultures
261
About the Authors
277
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Steve Wheeler was born in 1957 in NZ. He was given the option at age 18 of becoming a Catholic priest or a policeman - he chose the latter. He has served in the military, and since 1987 has worked as a bronze sculptor, knifesmith and swordsmith. He lives with his wife and children in Hawkes Bay.

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