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Author Weinstein, Marc ♦ Rocco, Tonette S. ♦ Plakhotnik, Maria S.
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword New Information Ecosystem ♦ Adult Education ♦ World Wide Web ♦ Adult Learner ♦ New Opportunity ♦ Term Ecosystem ♦ Communication Technology ♦ Social Computing ♦ User-created Content ♦ Recent Development ♦ Vast Amount ♦ New Content ♦ High Rate ♦ Emergent Information Ecosystem ♦ Central Theme ♦ Easy Access ♦ Voluntary Participation ♦ Internet Usage ♦ Intellectual Origin
Abstract to the intellectual origins of the Internet. Common to both are the principles of access, voluntary participation, self-direction, and learning webs. New opportunities for adult learners and educators in the emergent information ecosystem are discussed. Anyone with access to the World Wide Web now has a portal to a vast amount of information. This is a recent development as are the high rates of Internet usage, easy access to user-created content, and social computing. The explosion of new content on the World Wide Web, the ability of individuals to access and contribute to this content, and new interactive and communication technologies all constitute elements of a new information ecosystem. The term ecosystem is used to emphasize the importance of the multitude of interactions between individuals and communities in their use, exchange, and creation of information (Walker, 2002). This paper seeks to understand how this new information ecosystem can lead to new opportunities for adult learners and educators. The paper begins with a discussion of technology and its relationship to central themes in andragogy. These themes are related to the intellectual
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article