We have looked at social media and Web 2.0 in Module one. Over the last ten years since BAPP started in the form it is today social medias and Web 2.0 has changed and developed and created cultures of their own. Back then Alan Durrant and I re-shaped the BAPP course to include Blogging and social media platforms following ideas of Connectivism*. Connectivism is still at the heart of the course however the implications of the internet are not static and requires continued critical thinking about what knowledge and information manifests as ( and what they do!). I just watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma (Director Jeff Orlowski, 2020). It raises interesting questions about the networks we develop around us. Interesting ethical considerations particularly for those reflecting in Module One.
*Connectivism is a theoretical framework for understanding learning in a digital age. It emphasises how internet technologies such as web browsers, search engines, wikis, online discussion forums, and social networks contributed to new avenues of learning. Technologies have enabled people to learn and share information across the World Wide Web and among themselves in ways that were not possible before the digital age- see the recommended book on our reading lists - Knowing Knowledge by George Siemens
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