Deconstructing Formal and Informal Learning Spaces with Social Networking Sites

  • Joannah Portman Daley
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)


Largely due to the expansion and popularization of user-generated and immersive Web 2.0 platforms such as MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, wikis, and other interactive digital media explorations, excitement around a new generation of learners has exploded. This generation has garnered several nicknames—the “Net Generation” and “Digital Natives,” among them—based on the overwhelming integration of digital technology into many members’ lives (Prensky, 2001; Tapscott, 1998). Furthermore, several scholars insist that, in part due to these technological advancements, these young users have become “exceptionally curious, self-reliant, contrarian, smart, focused, able to adapt, high in self-esteem, and have a global orientation” (Tapscott, 1998, p. 2), all qualities and skills that support professional success in our current knowledge-driven economy. Accordingly, there seems also to have been a change in the way that many of them gather, accept, and retain information, shifting the way they should be learning away from the “skills and drills” modes of older pedagogical styles, and firmly toward more interactive and creative ones.


Social Networking Site Knowledge Economy Digital Technology Popular Culture Informal Learn 
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