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Designing for learning : online social networks as a classroom environment

Casey, Gail and Evans, Terry 2011, Designing for learning : online social networks as a classroom environment, International review of research in open and distance learning, vol. 12, no. 7, pp. 1-26.

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Title Designing for learning : online social networks as a classroom environment
Author(s) Casey, Gail
Evans, Terry
Journal name International review of research in open and distance learning
Volume number 12
Issue number 7
Start page 1
End page 26
Total pages 27
Publisher Athabasca University
Place of publication Athabasca, Canada
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1492-3831
Keyword(s) Social networking
online learning
student learning
emergence
chaos and complexity
Summary This paper deploys notions of emergence, connections, and designs for learning to conceptualize high school students’ interactions when using online social media as a learning environment. It makes links to chaos and complexity theories and to fractal patterns as it reports on a part of the first author’s action research study, conducted while she was a teacher working in an Australian public high school and completing her PhD. The study investigates the use of a Ning online social network as a learning environment shared by seven classes, and it examines students’ reactions and online activity while using a range of social media and Web 2.0 tools.

The authors use Graham Nuthall’s (2007) “lens on learning” to explore the social processes and culture of this shared online classroom. The paper uses his extensive body of research and analyses of classroom learning processes to conceptualize and analyze data throughout the action research cycle. It discusses the pedagogical implications that arise from the use of social media and, in so doing, challenges traditional models of teaching and learning.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130106 Secondary Education
130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, Athabasca University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040665

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