Since Web 2.0 is all the rage nowadays, I enjoyed re-reading an old classic in the field of Social Informatics – “The Virtual Community” by Howard Rheingold. His work on cooperation and collective action is relevant for everyone who ponders the possibilities and pitfalls of online education and project based learning.
And while we are talking about Virtual Community let us also remember the term “Global Village“, and McLuhan’s thoughts on the importance of awareness of a medium’s cognitive effects. Something one also should have in mind when contemplating Web 2.0 and the “evangelists” cries of tools that “revolutionize” learning.
And last, but not least, we should take a look at Derrick de Kerckhove`s term “Connected Intelligence“. After all, what Web 2.0 suposedly is all about is connecting people in order to solve tasks and create environments of learning and knowledge.