Professional development through Web 2.0 collaborative applications

Indi Marie Williams, Bolanie A. Olaniran

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This chapter presents a fresh look at collaborative applications and their use in professional development and informal learning. The chapter addresses some of the cultural challenges impacting collaborative technologies, especially given the fact that these technologies are transplanted from developed countries into regions of the world that are only beginning to understand their significance. Therefore, the chapter points to the importance of and the needs to allow cultural variation and differences in usage. The chapter acknowledges the fact that collaborative technologies possess great potential for both professional development and informal learning, but cautions that external factors, such as culture and community, be taken into account to realize potential benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual Professional Development and Informal Learning via Social Networks
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781466618152
StatePublished - 2012


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