Conole, Grainne and Culver, Juliette
The design of Cloudworks: Applying social networking practice to foster the exchange of learning and teaching ideas and designs.
Computers and Education, 54(3) pp. 679–692.
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This paper describes a new social networking site, Cloudworks, which aims to provide a dynamic environment for finding, sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs. The paper begins by discussing the mismatch between the potential application of technologies in education and their actual use in practice. It considers some of the reasons for this and suggests ways in which this gap might be addressed. It goes on to outline the vision behind the development of Cloudworks, the phases of development and findings to date. It then contextualises this work theoretically drawing in particular on the notion of 'social objects' and a framework for sociality. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of this work and future research plans.
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