Online Communities

Work Spaces and VLEs

Social Network


Social Bookmarking




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What are they?

Online Communities:

  • Blogs, Microblogs
  • Online Work Spaces
  • User-generated reference sites (Wikis)
  • Social Bookmarking Sites
  • Virtual Worlds
  • Webmail
  • VLEs
  • Social Networking

Each  has different:

- Functions

- Features

- Target Audience

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Online Workspaces and VLEs

Online workspacesare for people who work together, and VLEs for a group to learn together.


  •  Virtual Meetings (VoIP)
  • Email, Chat
  • Shared Resources
  • Online Applications


  • Timetable / News
  • Email, Chat
  • Track Progress
  • Personalisation
  • Polls / Questionnaires
  • Blogs
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Social Networks

An online community where people are linked using their personal information


  • Have an online presence
  • Links
  • Allows users to stay in contact
  • Exchange Information

Target Audience:

  • LinkedIn - Business People
  • Bebo - Younger teens

Advantages: Easier contact, Post information, Free to join, Efficient communication

Disadvantages: Wates time, Fake profiles, Online Bullying, Identity Theft

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User-generated reference sites

Allow users to contribute and share information.

  • Wikis
  • Internet Forums or Message Boards
  • Newsgroups
  • Review Sites

Target Audiences are anyone who wants to contribute or access informaiton stored on the sites.

Advantages: Up to date, Communcation from around the world, Contain vast amounts of information

Disadvantages: Information can be inaccurate, biased or untrue, An internet connection is requried, Disorganised information

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Social Bookmarking

Users add weblinks to their space


  • Store URLs online
  • Tag words to categorise
  • Share bookmarks
  • Search for similar bookmarks from other users
  • Like / Dislike features

Pinterest: Users create 'pinboards' to organise and share images they like on the web

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Creation of Knowledge

Information is no longer confinded to traditional publishers and newspapers

  • Spreadsheets and Databases help create idea
  • Global scale communication
  • Constantly updated information
  • Information and knowledge  is accessible to everyone
  • Users (not editors) decide what is important

This means:

  • Large numbers of viewpoints can be collected
  • Variety pf views can be overwhelming
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Impact on Working Practices


  • Workers telecommute (Work from home)
  • Cloud computing allows access to documents from anywhere
  • Decisions are made through online workspaces
  • Employers can check Social Networks for potential employees
  • People avoid face-to-face contact
  • People work at home
  • Workers without interent access miss out
  • Workers disciplined due to updates on Social Networks

Collaborative Working: Working together on VoIP, Email, IM, Social Networking or Online Workspaces

Teleworking: Working at home and using technology to stay in contact with colleagues

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Socialising and Responsible Use

Ways of socialiasing:

  • Social Networking, Microblogging, Online Gaming, Chat Rooms, VoIP, Emails, Virtual Worlds
  • Sites such as 'Friends Reunited'
  • Online Dating

Impacts on Socialising:

  • Easy contact
  • Easy translation between languages
  • 24/7, 365 
  • Need internet connection
  • Identity Theft
  • Less time spent with real friends

Behaving in acceptable ways:

  • Respecting others computers and opinions
  • Abiding by Copyright Laws
  • Not posting inappropriate images or videos
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A Global Scale

  • VLEs
  • Social Networking
  • Microblogging
  • Email
  • Video Conferencing
  • VoIP
  • Cloud Computing
  • Sharing data online
  • Blogs
  • Online Work Spaces
  • User-genertaed Reference Sites
  • Social Bookmarking


  • ICT has speeded up globalisation
  • Purchase goods around the world 24/7, any day of the week
  • Access is now controlled and censored for: Politics, Security, Protection
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usama waheed


Hey there ,Dear colleagues,students and mentors .

I want you kind help please help me I'm stuck in tough situation .

The issue is that,I gave my As Chemistry exam in May/June 2015 and then I got the certificate for my As Chemistry, after that i gave my Chemistry A2 exam in May/June 2017 .unfortunately I wasn't knowing that we can only carry forward marks of As for 13months period i was unaware of that no even guided me neither the British Council told me .Now after 3 months I got an email from British Council saying that I've exceeded the time limit for carrying the marks forward in this case the Cambridge will write my As chemistry grade as absent in which I got C grade I even have certificate and for my A2 Chemistry they will not give me any grade which is really horrendous ,I'm really upset and depressed all my hardworking and money also went waste .They CIE told me the solution for this is to repeat full A level chemistry which is really terrible I have to pay all the fee again the practicals and all that this isn't an issue I will pay again but I don't wanna start again from the beginning its really tough .I already wasted 3 years and still I have to study more :-\ . at the moment I was applying for Universities but unfortunately his problem arose . so dears kindly please help me my humble request .

What should I do repeat the Full chemistry is it necessary ,as I want to apply for Engineering at universities ,I know they require 3 subjects ,chem,maths&physics

I have full result of A levels physics and maths and for chemistry I just have certificate of As Chemistry so is it fine to go with it or its mandatory to repeat again please someone help me out I will be great full to you .

I thank you in Advance from the bottom of my heart please help me ?

I'm really stuck 

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