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On Actor-Network Theory and Learning Ecosystems based on Mobile Social Media

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning
EditorsInmaculada Arnedillo Sánches, Pedro Isaías
Place of PublicationLisbon
ISBN (Electronic)978-972-8939-42-7
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


In this paper we will define learning ecosystems based on social media and try to describe the learning process in these environments using Actor-Network Theory. Especially, we are interested in the question of how an ad-hoc group of learners could be understood as an actor-network in ANT. We claim, that the availability of social media does not guarantee that the actors in the social media system form the actor-network. However, it would be important to know under which conditions the actor-network is formed and what kind of quality we get from the actor-networks. Finally, we conclude that pedagogically meaningful and high-quality learning ecosystems based on mobile social media can be described as actor-networks.

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