Thomas and Browne’s ‘new culture of learning’ is something I experienced many years ago when I looked into immigrating to Australia from South Africa in 2007. As I started looking at what the requirements were and what I needed to do, I became very confused and worried about how to actually do it. Then I discovered an online Forum of people that had made the move and people that were in the process of making the move.Here was a group of people sharing across a range of topics, helping one another and supporting everyones journey. I became part of this community for over 3 years, firstly reading a lot, then asking questions, and then finally being able to support people at the start of their journeys.
Now in the past 3 years as an educator I have come across a new place of learning – Twitter and my PLN. This space has been absolutely incredible in opening my education world and perspectives. I have managed to form friendships and manage to grow as a teacher with the knowledge/experience that others are sharing. I love how I can also contribute and be part of this global learning community, and I can see the power in this new culture of learning that is emerging.
De Saulles, M. (2012). New models of information production. In Information 2.0: new models of information production, distribution and consumption (pp. 13-35). London: Facet.
- What are some of the defining characteristics of the Internet and world wide web that have stimulated the creation for new models of information production?
- What are some of the challenges that these models present to educators and/or information professionals?
One of the defining changing characteristics of the internet that fascinates me has been the rise of not only Google, but Social Media platforms as a whole. Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Google+, and others have grown exponentially over the past decade and a company like Facebook is continuously evolving. I recently read an article that showed how FB has changed and is now on of our main forms of news & classifieds; replacing traditional print media, but also many online retail sites like carsales.com. At the same time that FB increases its users, more data is being generated and more information being shared. As an educator the challenge is making sure students understand the role these sites will play in their lives, but also how they can manage the information they share and receive. One of the biggest challenges for most Australian schools is that many websites and social media sites are completely blocked for students.