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Multiliteracies and e-learning2.0

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Ivana Marenzi

This work, concerned with the significance of literacy and multiliteracies in the 21st century, examines pedagogy from the perspective of Web 2.0 tools and the potential of social networks to improve the quality of learning. Drawing on five years research in German and Italian universities, the author investigates different scenarios in which technology can support the learning process. The focus is on online interaction and collaboration from the standpoint of Educational Technology. With this approach, key pedagogical issues are analysed in relation to theoretical models as well as to the specific learning context. The resulting LearnWeb2.0 Design Framework provides a systematic and up-to-date reference and guide for teachers, researchers and developers when discussing course design and learning supports.
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9 Conclusions and future work

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“Successful models evolve through trial, use and refinement.”

(Hendler et al., 2008, p. 67)

Before starting the present doctoral work about four years ago, the researcher experienced a rather different educational route, in Italy starting from a university degree in Modern Languages and Literature, through to a master in Media Science and Technology, to a position as researcher in educational technology within a research centre in Germany. Her initial goal after finishing school was to become a frescoes restorer.

In modern society which brings with it a multiplicity of changes both at a local and a global level, a fundamental challenge for everyone involved in education – administrators, teachers, parents, and students – is to teach and learn today so as to cope with an unpredictable future. Thus students are required not only to be literate, but also to be able “to self-learn and to use their knowledge and their skills in order to be successful in the environment where they live now and in the future” (Armstrong & Warlick, 2004, p. 20). The challenge for educators is to support students in emphasising skills that reflect the present increasingly digital and networked world.

Reading and understanding a written text is no longer enough to be literate. Today students are overwhelmed by a huge amount of information and digital materials published on the Web. Before studying something, they need to be able to search, identify and select reliable resources, to evaluate them in...

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