Category Archives: Virtual communities

Emergence of a beautiful spiral – how to marry technology and life in designing virtual communities

Read Our inquiry is based on the theory of complexity applied to education. This means that the “linear, sequential, easily quantifiable ordering system dominating education today – one focusing on clear beginnings and definite endings—could give way to a more … Continue reading

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Innovation in Virtual Mobility

According to this innovation paradigm, virtual mobility is close to such concepts as virtual reality and identity experimentalism fostered by the Internet . The Internet can actually be considered as an ‘identity laboratory, overflowing with props, audiences, and players for … Continue reading

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Imagining Twitter as an Imagined Community

The notion of “community” has often been caught between concrete social relationships and imagined sets of people perceived to be similar. The rise of the Internet has refocused our attention on this ongoing tension. The Internet has enabled people who … Continue reading

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Learning in Informal Online Networks and Communities

In 2008, as part of their policy support activities, IPTS and DG Education and Culture launched a study to explore the innovative social and pedagogical approaches to learning that are emerging in new ICT-enabled collaborative settings. This report is the … Continue reading

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Global Youth Culture

The continued growth of the Internet throughout Asia, Latin America, and Europe, as well as in parts of Africa, means that material on the global Internet will continue to become more diverse. Still, the hundreds of millions of global youth … Continue reading

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Computer Networks as Social Networks

Computer networks are inherently social networks, linking people, organizations, and knowledge. They are social institutions that should not be studied in isolation but as integrated into everyday lives. The proliferation of computer networks has facilitated a deemphasis on group solidarities … Continue reading

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European eParticipation

The eParticipation Report purpose is to provide a synoptic and coherent view of where Europe currently stands regarding eParticipation. In addition, the study supports dialogue between key actors and stakeholders, particularly through workshops, consultations and good practice exchange. There is … Continue reading

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