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ERIC Number: EJ1087118
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1176-3647
EISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
Twitter as a Learning Community in Higher Education
María-Carmen Ricoy; Tiberio Feliz
Educational Technology & Society, v19 n1 p237-248 2016
Considering the potential and popularity of social media it is important to inquire into its use in learning. In this study the implementation of the activity carried out in Twitter with higher education students was analysed. The research was conducted following a mixed methodology, based on virtual ethnography complemented by quantitative analysis of the tweets produced. A sample of 3,026 tweets was taken for such purpose. By way of conclusion, it is worth noting that student participation in the education process via Twitter progressively increases as their technical knowledge of this tool improves and they feel more motivated. Interaction and learning within a community is underpinned by gratifying experiences. Thus, the use of Twitter in the learning process of university students is feasible and perceived as a motivating experience by them. However, teachers play an essential role as dynamisers in the formal incorporation of Twitter in the teaching process, as well as in enhancing interaction between the participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain
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