Knowledge construction today is intrinsically linked to the use
of technological aids. Synchronous and asynchronous tools such
as blogs, chats, wikis, podcasts, forums, videoconferences, and
social networks such as Facebook and Twitter facilitate the
generation of content or micro-content that is used in education
to aid the instruction and training process and help users
acquire intellectual abilities and techniques, as well as
attitudes and habits.
A new source for constructing knowledge is appearing that
conditions the intended message, changes the roles of the sender
and receiver, and especially emphasizes the importance of
participation, collaboration, cooperation, interaction,
commitment, connection with reality, and significant learning.
Theories such as constructivism focus the construction of
knowledge on the use of technologies as support for the teaching
and learning process and on the performance of activities in
which students can immediately access unlimited information
while controlling their own learning.
The keys to the process of knowledge creation make direct
reference to the need to share it and to the existence of
systems that promote it and enable it to be implemented in
environments where everyone can interact and experiment,
fostering democratization, access to information, knowledge, and
the storage and management of information. Open-education,
free-access resources are consistent with all of these
characteristics and are useful resources for teaching, learning
and conducting educational research.