The Emerging Learning Design Journal

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While the range of social communication technologies available to educators is vast, so is the pressure to stay up to date and understand which tool has the best potential for use in a specific learning situation. The Tool Adoption and Alignment Model(TAAM) presented here is a process that may help educators make informed decisions about the potential of a tool efficiently and effectively. The model draws from Activity Theory and Genre Ecology Modeling to suggest a method to understand not only the communication and learning potential that is intended by the designers of a tool, but also the ways that users leverage the tool’s mechanics to create novel and useful alternative applications.

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