Networked Identities: Understanding Relationships between Strong and Weak Ties in Networked Environments

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Abstract

In this article we take up a critique of the concept of Communities of Practice (CoP) voiced by several authors, who suggest that networks may provide a better metaphor to understand social forms of organisation and learning. Through a discussion of the notion of networked learning and the critique of CoPs we shall argue that the metaphor or theory of networked learning is itself confronted with some central tensions and challenges that need to be addressed. We then explore these theoretical and analytic challenges to the network metaphor, through an analysis of a Danish social networking site. We argue that understanding meaning-making and ‘networked identities’ may be relevant analytic entry points in navigating the challenges.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
Volume24
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)103-115
ISSN0266-4909
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • learning
  • networked learning
  • identity
  • ICT
  • Communities of practice

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In: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2008, p. 103-115.

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