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ERIC Number: EJ1134364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2153-1900
Using Social Media for Student Collaboration
Tucker, Virginia
Journal of Faculty Development, v29 n2 p45-56 May 2015
The iGeneration is predisposed to communicating via social media, and oftentimes students' first instinct in classroom group work is to connect with members on social media. While some social networks allow for the creation of private groups, these students are still responsible for adapting the technology for this new purpose: collaborative learning. Using both synchronous and asynchronous tools, students can construct virtual communities of practice dedicated to frequent interaction and identification with a group, which can strengthen the quality of the knowledge-sharing and collaboration taking place among them. Community also depends on students' understanding of how to use computer-mediated tools to collaborate, so if students are turning to social media to communicate with their class groups then there exists a need to train them in appropriate ways to use the media to collaborate. To encourage students to understand how or how not to use social media as a learning tool, instructors must apply activities and assignments that support collaboration and community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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