The Read-Write Matrix
The read-write matrix of Web 2.0 tools for learning
The horizontal axis shows who can read the published documents, the vertical axis who can write to them. In each case the mid-point (ie where the axes cross) relates to the group of peers - eg learners within a single course. A wider group (ie between the mid-point and the 'world') could include members of a broader community of practice, or the local community or family/whanau.
The plotted points could be exemplified by:
- A personal reflective journal with no audience
- A personal wiki or blog which other learners can read
- A personal wiki or blog which a wider group can read
- A personal wiki or blog which is publicly available on the web
- A collaborative wiki for a sub-group of learners
- A collaborative wiki for the course
- A collaborative wiki for the course which a wider group can read
- A collaborative wiki for the course which is publicly available
- A collaborative wiki for learners and a wider group
- A collaborative wiki which is fully open - publicly readable and writable. Example: JB Murray's Latin American Literature project
Note: These are typical examples only - the matrix is intended to relate to other tools in addition to blogs and wikis.
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Citation: Left, Paul. The Read-Write Matrix. http://www.verso.co.nz/mw/index.php?title=The_Read-Write_Matrix
Leslie, S. Some Uses of Blogs in Education.