Web 2.0 and Learning/Cognitive Development

With all the buzz about social software and Web 2.0, it would seem to me that our basis for the assessment of the efficacy of technology as a learning tool should reflect its ability to facilitate the development of connections, whether those connections are social, cognitive or emotional. And isn’t that what learning is all about? Drawing connections between seemingly disparate pieces of data in order to form a more complete comprehension of a subject?

As the culminating project for my Master’s course in Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development, I plan to explore and reflect upon the impact that social software and Web 2.0 has on learning and cognitive development through George Siemens’ concept of connectivism.

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