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Laru, Jari; Naykki, Piia; Jarvela, Sanna – Internet and Higher Education, 2012
In this single-case study, small groups of learners were supported by use of multiple social software tools and face-to-face activities in the context of higher education. The aim of the study was to explore how designed learning activities contribute to students' learning outcomes by studying probabilistic dependencies between the variables.…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities
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Forkosh-Baruch, Alona; Hershkovitz, Arnon – Internet and Higher Education, 2012
The purpose of this study is to empirically examine cases in which Social Networking Sites (SNS) are being utilized for scholarly purposes by higher-education institutes in Israel. The research addresses questions regarding content patterns, activity patterns, and interactivity within Facebook and Twitter accounts of these institutes. Research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Informal Education, Interpersonal Relationship
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Wodzicki, Katrin; Schwammlein, Eva; Moskaliuk, Johannes – Internet and Higher Education, 2012
Social media open up multiple options to add a new dimension to learning and knowledge processes. Particularly, social networking sites allow students to connect formal and informal learning settings. Students can find like-minded people and organize informal knowledge exchange for educational purposes. However, little is known about in which way…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Dabner, Nicki – Internet and Higher Education, 2012
On September 4 2010, a massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Canterbury region in the South Island of New Zealand. The response from the University of Canterbury was immediate and carefully co-ordinated, with the university's web-based environment and a responsive site developed on the social media platform "Facebook" becoming…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Networks, Information Science, Higher Education
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Brown, Susan A. – Internet and Higher Education, 2012
This paper reports on a study at a research intensive University in the North of the UK exploring academics' perceptions of the potential of Web 2.0 for their teaching and any influences shaping those perceptions. It looks at the perceptions of academics "on the ground" as well as those leading teaching and learning strategies at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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De Wever, Bram; Van Keer, Hilde; Schellens, Tammy; Valcke, Martin – Internet and Higher Education, 2011
This study focuses on the reliability of intra-group peer assessment (PA) of the collaboration processes in a wiki. First-year university students (N = 659) were subdivided in groups of 8 to create wikis. They were to assess their group members on four criteria (contribution, discussion, sources, and social). The main research question focused on…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Cooperation, Reliability, Effect Size
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Ertmer, Peggy A.; Newby, Timothy J.; Yu, Ji Hyun; Liu, Wei; Tomory, Annette; Lee, Young Mi; Sendurur, Emine; Sendurur, Polat – Internet and Higher Education, 2011
This research was designed to explore the impact of a wiki-based international collaboration project on pre-service teachers' 1) cultural competencies, 2) comfort using technology, including Web 2.0 tools, to interact and collaborate with unknown colleagues, and 3) perceptions of ideas for using technology, including Web 2.0 tools, in their future…
Descriptors: International Cooperation, Competence, Intercultural Communication, Global Approach
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Kear, Karen; Woodthorpe, John; Robertson, Sandy; Hutchison, Mike – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
Web 2.0 communication tools have considerable promise for supporting collaborative learning. But there is a need for research examining learners' and teachers' experiences of the newer communication tools, such as wikis, in comparison with well-established tools, such as discussion forums. This paper reports on an initiative where distance…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Social Influences
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Carmichael, Patrick; Burchmore, Helen – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
In order to develop potentially transformative Web 2.0 tools in higher education, the complexity of existing academic practices, including current patterns of technology use, must be recognised. This paper describes how a series of participatory design activities allowed postgraduate students in education, social sciences and computer sciences to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Graduate Students, Educational Practices, College Environment
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Augustsson, Gunnar – Internet and Higher Education, 2010
Collaborative social interaction when using Web 2.0 in terms of VoiceThread is investigated in a case study of a Swedish university course in social psychology. The case study method was chosen because of the desire not to manipulate the students' behaviour, and data was collected in parallel with course implementation. Two particular…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Publishing, Interpersonal Relationship
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Bonk, Curtis J.; Lee, Mimi Miyoung; Kim, Nari; Lin, Meng-Fen Grace – Internet and Higher Education, 2009
Wikis have the potential to change learning environments from traditional knowledge transmission models to knowledge transformative ones where students generate, share, and reshape knowledge. In this three-part study, graduate students created wikibooks across institutional settings. One of these projects extended to universities in China, Taiwan,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Graduate Students, Transformative Learning, Foreign Countries