Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0
10. Interactive Content and Online Agenda
INTERACTIVE CONTENT AND ONLINE AGENDA
The infinite repository of interconnected, digital content on the Internet that lies behind computer screens is alluring. Any demographic of user can easily engage with these worlds in a process that has become so very familiar: log on to the web, access one bit of information, then click to find more, then scroll to see more, then swipe and click for even more. Going back to the time when the Internet first became a publicly accessed medium, it was not unusual for users to click on hyperlinks for hours on end. One leads to another, then to another, then another. This practice of non-linear surfing, or becoming lost in webpages, continues today. It is a practice that, because of the intuitive nature of surfing the web, immerses the user in online content through a process of discovery.
This activity is one of the reasons for the success of wikis, such as the popular Wikipedia. It is a captivating journey, when one immerses oneself in the hyperlinked content of wikis, where a curious tour can start on a webpage about New York City and after some clicks end up on a page about the Synod of Dort: a meeting in 1619 Holland to settle a controversy initiated by the rise of Arminianism. This is the kind of journey that can only happen in the seemingly endless web of online content.
Beyond being expansive, wikis are powerful communication...
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