Social Media and Learning Environments: Shifting Perspectives on the Locus of Control

Ellen S. Hoffman


In the past, centralised technology departments had major influence over the choices of learning applications in higher education. With the emergence of freely available Web 2.0 and open-access tools, instructors and designers have been given greater ability to customize e-learning. This paper examines the historical roots of the impacts of authority from centralised technology units to an emerging user-centric control over learning environment design in higher education. A case study is used to illustrate the potentials and pitfalls in this more decentralised configuration for both learning and organization.

Keywords: learning applications; higher education; Web 2.0; e-learning; open-access tools

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