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Flickr as a tool for intercultural understanding: A case study of informal learning in an online community

Keegan, H 2008, Flickr as a tool for intercultural understanding: A case study of informal learning in an online community , in: EDEN 2008, June 2008, Lisbon, Portugal.

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Abstract

This paper describes cross cultural interaction and community formation on Flickr, one of the leading online photo-sharing networks. Taking a virtual ethnographic approach, the author describes her own experiences of online community membership, exploring issues surrounding digital identity and the sharing of social discourse in the development of intercultural understandings within a shared online environment. It is proposed that the affordances of Flickr as a multimodal space, alongside the use of search engines and online translators as informal ‘cultural translators’, may be a useful tool for the development of intercultural understanding and community formation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects / Themes > L Education > L Education (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Virtual Environments & Future Media Research Centre
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: HL Keegan
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 12:32
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:18
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/9278

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