This chapter begins by discussing the benefits of connectedness and learning, including the benefits for one another. Next, it notes that people's networks are learning resources, which can provide them with greater access to, and enhanced capabilities of using, information and skills, whether acquired through formal mechanisms such as schools, or informal means such as gossip and observation. The chapter then explains that the various interrelations between networks and learning are shaped, and in turn shape, other social forces, including socioeconomic situation and cultural norms. It also discusses the possibility of building a community through online methods and argues that online interaction needs to be accompanied by personal mediation in order to build reciprocity and trust.
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