Affordance Analysis of Google+ Features: Advancing Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Boshra F. Zawawi, Maimoona H. Al Abri, Nada Dabbagh, George Mason University, United States
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 26, Number 4, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper aims to analyze the affordances of the digital technology (DT) Google+. The analysis process was informed by the theory of affordances. Accordingly, this paper highlighted the different types of affordances of Google+ features, i.e., functional, cognitive, physical, sensory, emotional, and social. In addition, the authors reviewed Google+ functionalities to identify the positive and negative affordances and suggested ways to maximize and minimize them, respectively. The affordance analysis revealed many hidden affordances in Google+ features that require special attention from educators interested in implementing Google+ features in learning environments. Overall, Google+ affordances enable educators to leverage its features for personalized learning, learning communities, and as a Learning Management System (LMS).
Zawawi, B.F., Al Abri, M.H. & Dabbagh, N. (2017). Affordance Analysis of Google+ Features: Advancing Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 26(4), 425-443. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 11, 2017 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/178524/.
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