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ERIC Number: ED557319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-989-8533-30-2
Academic Use of Social Media Technologies as an Integral Element of Informatics Program Delivery in Malaysia
Lim, Jane See Yin; Harper, Barry; Chicharo, Joe F.
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conferences on Education Technologies (ICEduTech) and Sustainability, Technology and Education (STE) (New Tapei City, Taiwan, December 10-12, 2014)
Higher education institutions are currently examining how the current emerging technologies and social media applications can be integrated with the appropriate teaching pedagogies adopted by higher education institutions to provide students with learning experiences that take advantage of these new affordances. Due to the continuous and pervasive exposure to emerging technologies, it is being claimed that students in this generation tend to behave and learn differently from the previous generations. The technologies used to support their learning must be able to help them to find the right content for their learning, connect them with the right people, and to motivate or incentivize them to learn (Vassileva, 2008). The study reported here sought to investigate the digital status of Informatics academics who teach in undergraduate programs in Malaysia, their engagement with Social Media Technologies (SMTs) for teaching and learning activities in class, and the challenges that they face in integrating SMTs into their classes. Informatics programs are technological-oriented in nature; hence students and academics themselves would arguably be quite adept at using SMTs. The study has indicated that the use of these technologies by Malaysian academics is very much focused on individual academic initiatives, with communication as the key use of the technologies and this use is very limited. [For the full proceedings see ED557181]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A