(from Ulisses Mejias' Social Tools Affordances)

  • What is 'social' about social software?
  • How is the notion of community being redefined by social software?
  • What aspects of our humanity stand to gain or suffer as a result of our use of and reliance on social software?
  • How is social agency shared between humans and (computer) code in social software?
  • What are the social repercussions of unequal access to social software?
  • What are the pedagogical implications of social software for education?
  • Can social software be an effective tool for individual and social change?

How open are the tools we are using? Are they accessible, collaborative? Can we talk to the people who created them and tailor them to our needs?

How open are our platforms and systems? Do they exclude and limit the access of outsiders? How flexible are they?

How open are our connections both technically and professionally? Do they allow us to navigate down the stream or are they blocked in silos and ivory towers?

Are you part of wide open spaces and have cheap access to broadband?

Are there limits and obstacles when you want to access information? Are you allowed to communicate, participate, develop and create or is content delivered to you top-down?

How open are we in our practice? Do we give our learners choice and freedom to engage in interaction, do we allow them to produce and create or do we impose our wisdom and a set of rigid criteria and curriculum?

Is it push or pull? Are we immersed in the context and interact with all the elements or do we stand aside and deliver content?

How open are we with our own production? Do we hoard it, hide it behind walled gardens or share it with others?

Interesting articles for discussion

Non-Web 2.0 Emergency Preparedness - Eric Rice

HBS Cases: How wikipedia works