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I am struggling with focus... regarding my PhD research-plan. I now got four research questions all of whom I like to keep. By the we, the subject of my research is the use of web 2.0 social network environments for learning and teaching - the changing role of students and teachers (hi, thats a catchy research question !!!).

I am going to post a statement here that I feel strongly about, I have given it a lot of thought so if anyone reads this and has some comments it would help me in me formulation.


"...the proposed research will not focus on the concepts of e-learning since I consider a fundamental difference between the learning practices and methods within web 2.0 social networks and the
instructional nature of e-learning methods.


The concept of e-learning will however be discussed and partly analyzed to emphasize the unique nature or learning within web 2.0 social networking environments."


I really feel that there is an ongoing fundamental misunderstanding - my view is that there should be a distinction between academically / commercial / industry based e-learning methods an the fluent nature of web 2.0 learning environments. E-learning is a controlled managed and openly supervised learning environment, while web 2.0 environments are user controlled, generated and managed - with a guiding support from a teacher or a mentor.


I am not dismissing e-learning at all - I am saying there is a fundamental difference...



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