Affinity and Learning space

Affinity and Learning space

This week, I read this article for the class “Internet Cultures” in my university.
Gee, J. P. (2004). Situated language and learning: A critique of traditional schooling. Psychology Press.

I think this article is really interesting and affinity is the key factor not only in education but in another thing like work and other human activities- I’ve actually seen affinity enhanced the productivities of the group.

In my previous work, we created a facebook group to share the idea and information among the member. It worked well and I thought it was a nice tool to enhance our productivity.

I think there are some features in the virtual space to enhance the productivity of the project work.


If we use virtual space, we can share the idea and see the information at any time.


To post something on the SNS group is a really casual thing. We could use the group like chatting. This flexibility removes our emotional barrier for communication. As a result, this casual conversation sometimes generated a nice idea. Moreover, I felt these casual conversations made the team member closer and I thought it worked well for us to have an affinity space for work.


In virtual space, we can share the information in various formats. Even the original media is not in digital format, now we can convert almost all of information in digital format, for example, taking a photo or video, and Recording the voice.
Sharing the same information in distance works well for the team.

These above are the features I think that works well to promote the group work. At the same time, they are the points the member should keep in their mind. Making comfortable virtual spaces are depend on the member in the space. In educational scene, teachers or tutors should keep an eye on the liveliness of the discussion, and if some troubles happen, they should intervene properly.

Gee(2004) says virtual spaces are better for adults as they well know the purpose of the project and what they are pursuing. However, we can use various online tools for educational aim with children. It might be true students feel hard to share their knowledge and ideas without any guidance, but we can support them by defining the purpose of the activity and what they should do in that space.

In bett 2015, ‘edtech evangelist’ Mr.Mark Anderson told us many online services he recommends to us.


It is useful by sharing one board in a study group and gather materials. There are already many materials uploaded in pinterest, so for the first step, repinning material is a good introduction for students to start to use pinterest.


This service enables us to make a guide material online by uploading photos and writing texts. It could be a good tool for students to make online materials.


Gee, J. P. (2004). Situated language and learning: A critique of traditional schooling. Psychology Press.


  1. 匿名

    I like the idea for using Facebook, pinterest and snapguide with students as part of their learning programmes. Probably teachers should set up clear boundaries especially with younger learners.