Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Research in social media in educational institutions has shown "continuing and expanding use in campus based, distance and blended learning contexts and, at least, preliminary results suggesting significant educational benefit." At the same time, writes Terry Anderson, there is growing awareness of the risks. For example, " Some critical reviewers suggest that social media is not conducive to education as it contains an explicit bias towards conviviality and homogeneity and lacks the critical components of disagreement and discourse." The paper is a straightforward discussion of the topic, but near the end - almost as an afterthought - is a mention of decentralized social media and the observation that "Verborgh (2019) shows how this individual ownership of data, stored in personal owned data pods is differentiated from the current model."

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