The function of the World Wide Web combined with easy and increasingly widespread access has emerged as a factor for new modes of learning outside the control of the educational establishment. Not only is there increased access to information, diverse facts in different fields of knowledge, but a greater likelihood that the learner will encounter discrepant positions and information that force them to think critically, creatively and collaboratively.
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