ERIC Number: EJ824890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
The Appropriation and Repurposing of Social Technologies in Higher Education
Hemmi, A.; Bayne, S.; Land, R.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v25 n1 p19-30 Feb 2009
This paper presents some of the findings from a recent project that conducted a virtual ethnographic study of three formal courses in higher education that use "Web 2.0" or social technologies for learning and teaching. It describes the pedagogies adopted within these courses, and goes on to explore some key themes emerging from the research and relating to the pedagogical use of weblogs and wikis in particular. These themes relate primarily to the academy's tendency to constrain and contain the possibly more radical effects of these new spaces. Despite this, the findings present a range of student and tutor perspectives which show that these technologies have significant potential as new collaborative, volatile and challenging environments for formal learning.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Ethnography, Social Networks, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Web Sites, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Publishing, Influence of Technology, College Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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