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Definitions: Theoretical background relevant to technology facilitated social learning
Research evidence: Systematic literature reviews on the theme of technology facilitated social learning

Case Studies: Examples from practice of technology facilitated social learning

We have a contention that technology can enhance communities of practice in a variety of ways and there are many examples from practice in the MESH guide. In particular, we are thinking about about Wenger’s ideas about the interplay of participation and reification: talking and doing:

Two complementary processes for learning in an community of practice (CoP): participation and reification (making something real). (Wenger, White, and Smith, 2009, p. 57).

‘Participation involves acting and interacting, and reification involves producing artifacts ...around which the negotiation of meaning is organized’ (Smith et al., 2009, p212).