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Face to Facebook: social media and the learning and teaching potential of symmetrical, sychronous communication

Posted on 16 Apr 2013 with 0 comments
Engagement and performance Evaluating ICT effects Innovation Pedagogy Social Media

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This article considers student reactions to social media as a teaching tool, probing its benefits and limitations. Over the course of a semester, third year on- and off-campus students communicated with an academic, outside lecture times, via the social networking site facebook®. Students were allowed to ask any questions they had that related to the unit. At the end of the semester students were provided with a 10-item questionnaire asking them to evaluate their experience. This study looked at a specific aspect of social networking — synchronous text-based chat — and the students’ perceptions of its usefulness for their learning.


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