Using social software to support the teaching of IT professional practice

Goold, Annegret, Augar, Naomi and Goodman, Albert 2008, Using social software to support the teaching of IT professional practice, in ED-MEDIA 2008 : Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, [Chesapeake, Va.], pp. 5223-5228.

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Title Using social software to support the teaching of IT professional practice
Author(s) Goold, Annegret
Augar, Naomi
Goodman, Albert
Conference name World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (2008 : Vienna, Austria)
Conference location Vienna, Austria
Conference dates 30 June - 4 July 2008
Title of proceedings ED-MEDIA 2008 : Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications
Editor(s) Luca, Joseph
Weippl, Edgar R.
Publication date 2008
Conference series World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications
Start page 5223
End page 5228
Publisher Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Place of publication [Chesapeake, Va.]
Summary Social software has been used to support problem-based learning activities in a wholly online information technology (IT) professional practice course at Deakin University since 2006. When the course was first delivered, the authentic learning environment was a website, with an intranet and team forums created in Drupal, the open source content management system (CMS). Although this environment was suitable, feedback from students and teaching staff highlighted areas where improvements could be made. In the second year of the course, Joomla!, the open source CMS, in combination with Simple Machines Forum (SMF), the open source online discussion community software, was used to provide the website, as well as the intranet and team forums respectively. Feedback in 2007 was more positive, suggesting that the Joomla!-SMF social software combination and the features implemented, improved the learning and teaching experience in comparison to the 2006 version of the course.
ISBN 1880094657
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018324

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