ERIC Number: EJ1145140
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
Do Institutional Social Networks Work? Fostering a Sense of Community and Enhancing Learning
Hatzipanagos, Stylianos; John, Bernadette A.
Technology, Knowledge and Learning, v22 n2 p151-159 Jul 2017
In this paper we report on the evaluation of an institutional social network (KINSHIP) whose aims were to foster an improved sense of community, enhance communication and serve as a space to model digital professionalism for students at King's College London, UK. Our evaluation focused on a pilot where students' needs with regard to the provision of a cross-institution platform and perceptions were examined. Empirical findings in this study project an advantage of KINSHIP compared to commercial social networks, as it is exclusively accessible by students and staff from the institution and mainly being used for academic purposes. Ongoing development and evolution of functionality in step with commercial platforms, improved accessibility via redeveloping the platform as a mobile application and addressing privacy concerns raised by the students about potential monitoring by staff or the institution would also be essential if such an institutional platform were to be a success.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Sense of Community, Institutional Characteristics, Pilot Projects, Student Needs, Usability, Network Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Professionalism, Student Attitudes, College Students, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)