Chapter 5

Too Much Information

This chapter considers the problem of information overload in the context of online learning communities. It explores why difficulties arise in following busy online discussions, and how students can help each other to identify useful resources from the vast amount of material on the web. The chapter relates these issues to the features and user interfaces of discussion forums, and to web-based facilities such as social bookmarking.

Chapter contents list:

  1. Research on Information Overload
  2. Overload in Forums: Students’ and Teachers’ Views
  3. Following the Thread
  4. Recommending and Rating
  5. Filtering
  6. Bookmarking
  7. Case Study – Sorting the Wheat From the Chaff: New Features For Discussion Forums
  8. Using Information on the Web
  9. Social Bookmarking and Tagging
  10. Case Study – Sharing with the Shabab
  11. The Collective
  12. Key Points for Practitioners
  13. Further Reading