I’m at the start of the process of scoping a literature review of social software in workplace learning. Some of the literature on collaboration is proving interesting:

Collaboration and co-creation: emphasises the social aspects of social software and Web 2.0 technologies as ESSPs (McAfee 2009) in creating collaborative learning environments that promote knowledge exchange, interpersonal interaction and community building (Redecker 2009). Individuals participate together in the creation of learning content, environments (Blees & Rittberger 2009) and ecologies (Pata 2009a). Bruns and Humphreys (2007) suggest that co-creation activities in social software and web 2.0 environments have four characteristics: (1) they involve the collaborative participation of communities; (2) individual participants have different roles over time; (3) that the knowledge and content artefacts are constantly being developed and refined and so are dynamic and fluid rather than static and solid and (4) are treated as commonly owned. As such, these technologies contribute to the emergence of new organisational forms and new understandings of what constitutes the “workplace” (Schaffers et al 2006).

References
Blees, I. and Ritberger, M. (2009) Web 2.0 Learning Environment: concept, implementation, evaluation. eLearning Papers, No 15, June
Available at: http://www.elearningpapers.eu

Bruns, A. and Humphreys, S. (2007) Building collaborative capacities in learners: the M/cyclopedia project revisited. In Proceedings of the 2007 International Symposium on Wikis, WikiSym. Available at: http://snurb.info/node/753
Last accessed: 25 May 2010

McAfee, A. (2009) Enterprise 2.0: new collaborative tools for your organization’s toughest challenges. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press

Pata, K. (2009b) Revising the framework of knowledge ecologies: how activity patterns define learning spaces? in N.Lambropoulos & M. Romero (Eds.) Educational Social Software for Context-Aware Learning: Collaborative Methods & Human Interaction. Information Science Reference. Hershey. New York, 2009, 241-267

Redecker, C. (2009) Review of Learning 2.0 Practices: study on the impact of Web 2.0 innovations on Education and Training in Europe. Brussels: European Commission: IPTS

Schaffers, H., Brodt, T., Pallot, M. and Prinz, W. (2006) The Future Workspace. Mobile and Collaborative Working Perspectives. Netherlands: Telematica Instituut

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