The Future of E-Learning Communities
What is the potential of the Internet to support learning? To begin to answer the question, we might first explore an older technology: What is the potential of books to support learning? It seems like an absurd question because for most people "book" is nearly synonymous with "learning." However, the answer is more complex than it might appear on the surface. What book? Read in what social context? All books are not the same. Are students reading Shakespeare, a geometry textbook, an astrological guide to romance, or the phone book? What reading support are they getting?
Bruckman, Amy (2002). "The Future of E-Learning Communities." Communications of the ACM, April 2002, 45:4, pp. 60-63.