The online social networking of higher education academic communities
Cameron Richards, Unviersity of Technology Malaysia, Malaysia
Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
New social networking software and related Web 2.0 technologies have become very popular in recent years. However beyond the use of blogs for reflective journals and alumni Facebook pages, there has generally been little integrated use of social networking tools and related Web 2.0 technologies in higher education. This paper will explore the requirements for and obstacles to more effective use of online social networking in higher education communities. It will propose that: (a) if a critical mass of skills and usage could be achieved by teachers, administrators and researchers then social networking has the potential to significantly and productively transform higher education; and (b) the key to achieving such a ‘critical mass’ in educational contexts perhaps lies in giving people an appropriate reason to interact. In short the paper will explore the requirements for a more effective harnessing of the exemplary possibilities of online social networking in higher education contexts.
Richards, C. (2010). The online social networking of higher education academic communities. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 1364-1371). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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