Material matters for learning in virtual networks: A case study of a professional learning programme hosted in a Google+ online community.

Aileen Acklanda, Ann Swinney, Research in Learning Technology, Aug 21, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The major impact of this article, for me, is that it offers proof that people are actually using Google+. OK, just kidding. But it does raise the question of why they would choose this environment over others. The article talks about the difficulties participants have accessing Google+ (including one case where a warning said "your activities have been logged") and in using the site (one comment says it would be difficult without a software background). Frankly, I don't see how the authors' appears to actor-network theory (ANT) help explain the comments and interactions described in the text. This is, to me, a classic example of over-theorizing.

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