New PDF release: Information Communication Technologies: Concepts,

By Craig Van Slyke

The speedy improvement of data conversation applied sciences (ICTs) is having a profound impression throughout quite a few elements of social, monetary, and cultural job around the world, and protecting speed with the linked results, implications, possibilities, and pitfalls has been difficult to researchers in assorted nation-states starting from schooling to aggressive intelligence. info communique applied sciences: innovations, Methodologies, instruments and functions is the basic reference resource built to satisfy those learn demanding situations; compiling breaking examine within the pivotal parts of social version to details know-how. the main entire reference paintings within the box, this assortment covers such themes as ad-hoc networks, collaborative environments, e-governance, and concrete info structures, with case reviews, empirical research, and conceptual types. With over three hundred chapters contributed via approximately 650 specialists, this six-volume compendium will supply any library s assortment with the definitive reference on ICTs.

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Knowledge Management Systems Knowledge is a critical organizational and societal resource, so the management of knowledge continues to be an area of interest to researchers and practitioners. While organizations have always been engaged in managing knowledge, the application of ICT to knowledge management brings some interesting issues to light. Technology offers considerable promise in helping organizations manage knowledge. Thus, knowledge management systems have emerged as important applications of ICT.

Researchers who are interested in this area often apply social theories in their studies. Examples include social-cognitive theory, social exchange theory, social identity theory and social network theory. ) Social-cognitive theory (Bandura, 1986) seeks to explain human behavior through understanding how people, their behaviors, and their environments interact. Further, learning can occur through the process of observing others in the context of social interactions and personal experiences. Social-cognitive theory is closely linked to self-efficacy theory.

There are a number of ways in which ICT can be applied to education. One of the most popular education-oriented ICT applications is in technology-mediated learning. An important subtype of technology-mediated learning, distance education, is an area of particular interest to researchers and practitioners. Distance education is growing at a rapid pace; both educational institutions and non-education organizations are increasingly turning to ICT-based distance learning as a way to improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of education.

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