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Affordance Analysis of Google+ Features: Advancing Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

, , , 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

Abstract

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).

Citation

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 .