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Social Learning Versus Individualized Learning

, California State University, Dominguez Hills, United States ; , Athabasca University, Canada & Massey University, New Zealand, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


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.


Mach, N. & Bhattacharya, M. (2009). Social Learning Versus Individualized Learning. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2978-2991). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 16, 2022 from .