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Friday, July 25, 2008
Sites of exchange
Updating links to the blog today, I can see myself constantly drawn to sites which seem to be really exploiting web 2.0 not just for social networking-as-gossip but for active social exchange and engagement. These are based on newer understandings, building on the wisdom of crowds concept central to Web 2.0. Interestingly the SITES OF EXCHANGE websites now listed on the sidebar use phrases like civic media (MIT Media Lab), distributed creativity (Re-public) and public authoring (proboscis).
These sites enable individuals and groups to work together, to provide peer support (Horsesmouth) and to undertake creative exchange through real world and virtual interactions (SFZero and Institute of Infinitely Small Things). In short, they are creative spaces, where ideas are shared, explored, transformed and re-made as processes and/or products.
Just as importantly, there is a move to more equal and reciprocal relationships between participants - rather than, say as often assumed between tutor and learner . This suggests some potential not just for virtual learning spaces but also for how to re-think face-to-face learning and teaching. It conceptualises a space where people learn from each other, based on a rcognition and sharing of expertise; and where not just information is exchanged, but also creative actions.
Click here for more on the wisdom of crowds (but note Wikipedia warning)
Image from Inspired Learning Spaces blog (see sidebar) July 21 2008