Social Networking and Distance
Education: A Taxonomy
Instructional Technology and Distance Education
Nova Southeastern University
North Miami Beach, Florida
Web 2.0 and the 3D internet usher in the age of
the Free Range Learner
Web 1.0 Web 2.0 3Di
Value Access Find Share Participate Collaborate Co-Create
Dr. Tony O’Driscoll Slide: 5
North Carolina State University
Learning About Social Networking: A
Level 1: Learning about social networks – definitions,
history, background, and examples.
Level 2: Designing for social networks – profiling,
blogging, wiki-ing, and friending.
Level 3: Studying social networks – ethics, uses, mis-
uses, policing, supporting.
Level 4: Learning from and with social networks –
social networks for teaching and learning, science,
research, and theory building.
Judith Tabron, Director of Faculty Computing Services, Hofstra
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 28, 2008
“Our students live online. The fall in love, they shop,
they order pizza on the web. Their iPods, TV’s and
Xboxes are sophisticated technologies. They instant-
message their blogs from their cellphones, and they
can’t picture a college having a place in any of this,
because we haven’t show them that we can.”
“It will be a dismal future if the only thing our graduates
cannot do online is learn.”
Social Networking in Distance Education?