Sunday, January 9, 2011

Theatrical Metaphor and Web 2.0

I came across an interesting journal article (Educational Media International
Vol. 45, No. 4, December 2008, 253–269) "Constructs for Web 2.0 learning environments: a theatrical metaphor" written by Chih-Hsiung Tua*, Michael Blochera and Gayle Robertsb that I found particularly enlightening, especially as it pertains to us, not only as teachers, but of us as actors engaged in a social dimension here as well. The theatrical metaphor is said to have " four dimensions: cognitive dimension (scripts actors create/follow); social dimension(actors engage in social relationships); networking dimension (stages where actors perform);and interaction dimension (act that actors interact). Each individual is an actor and has self/me and identity."
Even in cyberspace, all the world is a stage. We are a community of purpose, but we are also individuals trying our best to fit together and blend our teaching and learning. However, as we collaborate, we are also actors on a virtual stage. I find this particularly fascinating because each engagement/activity that we contribute to our posts are also personal and social.
Here is the link:http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=35713

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