Social issues and Web 2.0: A closer look at culture in e-learning

Bolanle A. Olaniran, Hansel Burley, Maiga Chang

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Developing the foundations for intelligent applications that efficiently manage information is one goal of Web 2.0 technologies and the Semantic Web. As a result, the organization of Web 2.0 and other Semantic Web approaches to learning hold significant implications for learning, especially when one considers the role of cultures in learning and e-learning. Exploring how these technologies impact learning, this chapter focuses on social and cultural issues from potential users' and learners' standpoints. Furthermore, the chapter offers dimensions of cultural variability as a framework for its arguments. The chapter draws from existing literature and research to present implications of Semantic Web and Web 2.0, along with the issue of digital divide which is critical when exploring access to Web 2.0 technology platforms. The chapter ends by addressing key implications for Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web regarding usage and general effectiveness in the learning context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Web 2.0, 3.0, and X.0
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies, Business, and Social Applications
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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