An evaluation of social learning networks: a qualitative perspective

Shokri, Azam and Dafoulas, George ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2638-8771 (2016) An evaluation of social learning networks: a qualitative perspective. In: INTED2016: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, 07-09 Mar 2016, Valencia, Spain. (doi:10.21125/inted.2016.1580)

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Abstract

Affordances offered through ubiquitous nature of Web 2.0 technologies and social media have progressively become universal constituents of our lives. Presently our students have seen the escalation in use of multimedia in their studies. With technological advances in telecommunication technologies, students have become accustomed to instant, global communications modes. Educational institutions have progressively adapted more innovative pedagogical approaches in their provision. Web 2.0 has fundamentally altered communication methods between people around the world. Access to information, dissemination, sharing and creation of new digitised content are powerful tools that ease social media adaptation in everyone’s life. Over the last decade multimedia authoring tools have become more useful for content generation. The price and expertise to use these authoring tools has decreased, therefore offering opportunity for educators to broaden their experimental horizons with these technologies. With the advent of Web 2.0, access to information, dissemination, sharing and creation of new digitised content are powerful tools that ease social media adaptation in student’s life. Universities have reported reforms in the use of Education 2.0, while Web 2.0 is finding its momentums in further education and schools. Since the advent of Web 2.0 many educational institutions have reported remarkable positive influences in students learning behaviours. Research studies have illustrated association between students improved communication and collaboration linked to improved motivation hence more on going academic performance. Social learning networks represent a more diverse mechanism than a content delivery platform. The potential to release both students and instructors creative talents, ease of content creation and collaboratively sharing teaching and learning resources has enabled educational institutions to explore the strategic benefits of social learning networks. Recent studies indicate that these digital elements when aligned with the best practices of multimedia design become powerful learning agents. This study is aimed at highlighting the importance of social learning networks in education from a qualitative perspective. A series of recent studies at higher and further education has provided guidelines for the improved use of social media in e-learning. This paper’s findings will introduce qualitative verdicts for a framework adaptation of social learning networks in e-learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 22078
Notes on copyright: Published paper reprinted by permission. The final version of record is published by IATED as: Shokri, Azam, and George Dafoulas. “AN EVALUATION OF SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS: A QUALITATIVE PERSPECTIVE.” INTED2016 Proceedings (March 2016). doi:10.21125/inted.2016.1580.
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Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 11:45
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 16:03
ISBN: 9788460856177
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22078

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