Engagement and learning through social software in finance : the trading room experience

Farley, Alan, Jain, Ameeta, Mulready, Pamela and Thomson, Dianne 2008, Engagement and learning through social software in finance : the trading room experience, in ASCILITE 2008 : Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?, ASCILITE, [Melbourne, Vic.].

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Title Engagement and learning through social software in finance : the trading room experience
Author(s) Farley, Alan
Jain, Ameeta
Mulready, Pamela
Thomson, Dianne
Conference name Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference (2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 30 November - 3 December 2008
Title of proceedings ASCILITE 2008 : Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?
Editor(s) Atkinson, Roger
McBeath, Clare
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Keyword(s) social software
student engagement and learning
weblogs
Summary The introduction of a social software blog space called “The Trading Room” in an undergraduate Finance unit for an assessment task generated a great deal of activity to support student learning. A subsequent evaluation of this pilot demonstrated that students perceived high value in the opportunity it provided for them to reaffirm theories, obtain individualized feedback and benchmark their work against others. Whilst assessment is generally seen as both the carrot and the stick of learning, and certification; students in the study reported that they would still participate in reading and posting to the “Trading Room” blog even if there was no assessment requirement! Additionally they did not see any value in the environment as a purely social space, reporting that they saw it primarily as a professional educational community. It would appear that just as there are different communities in the real world social space, there are also different types of communities in the online space. Context, structure and activity design, perhaps are the most important facets of online interaction for learning.
ISBN 9780980592702
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018355

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