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The use of social networking software and web 2.0 functions in higher education for e-learning and online research communities

Rasli, Amran and Ahmad, Ummul Khair and Churchill, Daniel (2010) The use of social networking software and web 2.0 functions in higher education for e-learning and online research communities. Project Report. Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development, Skudai, Johor. (Unpublished)



Online social networking and related Web 2.0 technologies have taken the world of internet users by storm in recent years. However beyond the use of blogs for reflective learning journals and University alumni pages on Facebook, there has generally been little integrated use of social networking tools in higher education. This report will explore how a design research approach may assist in not only recognizing but also developing the knowledge-building implications of a convergence between such tools and technologies on one hand, and also on the other constructivist approaches to related domains of learning, research and professional reflective practice in academic communities and contexts. The process of designing and developing an applied research problem and related central question or inquiry focus is approached in terms of two „design research? proposals. One, it considers the idea that if a critical mass of both basic skills and actual usage could only be achieved by teachers, administrators and researchers then social networking has the potential to significantly and productively transform higher education. Two, it considers the idea that the key to achieving such a „critical mass? in education contexts perhaps lies in designing meaningful contexts or purposes of interaction – that is, in linking the function of social networking to an appropriate design paradigm for using associated Web 2.0 tools. In this way the paper will explore the Product Photo 2 requirements for a more effective harnessing of the exemplary possibilities of online social networking in higher education contexts.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:Management and Human Resource Development (Formerly known)
ID Code:18631
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 08:36
Last Modified:25 Nov 2011 08:36

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