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ERIC Number: EJ1163210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1492-3831
Professional Online Presence and Learning Networks: Educating for Ethical Use of Social Media
Forbes, Dianne
International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, v18 n7 p175-190 Nov 2017
In a teacher education context, this study considers the use of social media for building a professional online presence and learning network. This article provides an overview of uses of social media in teacher education, presents a case study of key processes in relation to professional online presence and learning networks, and highlights issues and challenges for wider consideration. Specific practical illustrations are provided, relating experiences when starting out with social media, integrating coursework challenges for student teachers, and considering feedback and future planning. Social media is used in teacher education for sharing content, discussing, and collaborating. There are challenges and risks with social media in an academic context. Students require differentiated scaffolding depending on their expertise and confidence. In terms of social implications, professionals are warned to safeguard online reputation, while making proactive use of social media to enhance learning networks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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