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Designing social media into university learning : technology of collaboration or collaboration for technology?

Tay, Elaine and Allen, Matthew 2011, Designing social media into university learning : technology of collaboration or collaboration for technology?, Educational media international, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 151-163, doi: 10.1080/09523987.2011.607319.

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Title Designing social media into university learning : technology of collaboration or collaboration for technology?
Author(s) Tay, Elaine
Allen, Matthew
Journal name Educational media international
Volume number 48
Issue number 3
Start page 151
End page 163
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 0952-3987
1469-5790
Keyword(s) social media
online learning
authentic assessment
Summary Using the example of an undergraduate unit of study that is taught both on-campus and externally, but uses Internet-based learning in both cases, we explore how social media might be used effectively in higher education. We place into question the assumption that such technologies necessarily engage students in constructivist learning; we argue that the affordances of social media must be complemented by social affordances, designed into the learning experience, which thereby generate the necessary connection between students’ motivations to study and their motivations to exploit social media. We demonstrate, via the example given, how assessment structures and strategies are the most effective focus when attempting to create the pedagogical affordances that might lead to collaborative learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09523987.2011.607319
Field of Research 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050619

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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