Web-mediated knowledge synthesis for educators

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Ubiquitous and instant access to information on the Web is challenging what constitutes 21st century literacies. This article explores the notion of Web-mediated knowledge synthesis, an approach to integrating Web-based learning that may result in generative synthesis of ideas. This article describes the skills and strategies that may support learning in this way, including: (1) divergent keyword search phrases; (2) synthesis for meaning; (3) in-the-moment insights; (4) repurposing; (5) reinforcement; and, (6) note-taking. Several suggestions for how to begin scaffolding these processes are also provided, based on examples from in-service teachers during a master's level educational technology course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-396
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Adult
  • College/university students
  • Depth of (higher level, literal level, etc.)
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Information literacy
  • Informational text
  • Instructional strategies
  • Instructional technology
  • Learning strategies
  • Metacognition
  • Metacognitive strategies
  • New literacies
  • teaching strategies


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