ERIC Number: EJ844977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Social Networking Technologies as Vehicles of Support for Women in Learning Communities
Burgess, Kimberly R.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n122 p63-71 Sum 2009
Women have long since used social networking as a means of coping with their struggles, educating and empowering themselves, engaging in broader social movements, and building international advocacy. Internet communities that are designed and facilitated to be inclusive of women's experiences can be important social spaces where women feel supported. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how instructors of online programs can use social networking technologies to give women increased access to social support systems, expand their networking opportunities, and contribute to a more satisfying learning experience. First, the author discusses how women presently build social capital in their everyday relationships. Next, the author explores how women network and build social capital online. Then, the author presents specific strategies for incorporating social networking as part of an online course. Finally, the various implications of using social networking to enhance women's learning online are discussed.
Descriptors: Females, Online Courses, Coping, Learning Experience, Social Networks, Social Capital, Educational Technology, Computer Mediated Communication, Internet, Web Based Instruction, Web Sites, Instructional Design, Adult Learning, Womens Education, Adult Education, Adult Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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