Social Learning Versus Individualized Learning
Abstract: Social processes mediate learning. Students learn at a deeper level when learning is constructed, through interactive discussion. The authors explore the possibilities of social networking (e.g. social networking, wikis, blogs) as powerful learning tools. Papert (1999) wrote that it is critical to shift from learners engaging with institutional procedures to the institution engaging with the learner. This implies that institutions need to recognize the new cultures of learning and networking and engage with those cultures. Yet that involves profound change in institutional practice, procedures, organization, curriculum and pedagogy. We must shift from the idea that educational institutions are isolated from the community to one of social discourse, knowledge development, and sharing. Also, we need to rethink the role of education and provide support for learning within communities and society through technology. To this end, this paper explores the potential for social learning vs. individualized learning in the 21st century.