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Open social software applications and their impact on distance education
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, Long Island University, United States ; , University of West Georgia, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Quebec City, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-63-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Social software is defined as a tool that "enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate through computer-mediated communication" whereas open source software is "software whose source code is available under a license (or arrangement such as the public domain) that permits users to study, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form" (Wikipedia, 2007). This presentation is survey of three open source social software programs Elgg, del.icio.us, IHMC CMap Tools, and their possible uses in distance education programs. The authors will discuss features of these programs, their uses, strengths and weaknesses as well as demonstrate some of the examples in that use open social software. The authors believe that discussion and elaboration of the experience on such applications will benefit others who are considering using these programs in their own practices.

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Ozkan, B. & McKenzie, B. (2007). Open social software applications and their impact on distance education. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 7310-7312). Quebec City, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 23, 2019 from .

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