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The social side of social media : technology or collaboration?

Tay, Elaine and Allen, Matthew 2010, The social side of social media : technology or collaboration?, in Proceedings of the 19th Annual Teaching Learning Forum : Educating for Sustainability, Edith Cowan University, [Perth, W. A.].

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Title The social side of social media : technology or collaboration?
Author(s) Tay, Elaine
Allen, Matthew
Conference name Teaching and Learning. Forum (19th : 2010 : Perth, W. A.)
Conference location Perth, W. A.
Conference dates 28-29 Jan. 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 19th Annual Teaching Learning Forum : Educating for Sustainability
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Teaching and Learning Forum
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Place of publication [Perth, W. A.]
Keyword(s) social media
technology
Summary This paper discusses how course design may draw upon social media in order to teach students appropriate skills for a network society in the context of team-work based learning. The emphasis is not upon web 2.0 and social media as inherently suited to providing educational solutions, but upon the ways in which they can be adapted by course designers within the framework of explicit learning objectives. More specifically, we provide a case study of how the use of social media in a blended or wholly-online learning environment provides affordances for team-based collaborative learning, especially when incorporated within a course design that encourages independent, self-directed and authentic learning. This paper argues we need to assess the social aspects of social media, rather than upon the technological, that is, avoid the fetishisation of 'apps,' through the creation of assessment that alternately foregrounds a critical appraisal of web 2.0 technologies and places onus upon the students to develop, with guidance, teamwork skills and processes. We provide an example of how it is possible to integrate web 2.0 technologies into their learning processes and assessment, in order to teach about the realities of collaborating with others in small teams in a work environment increasingly mediated by the Internet. In order to achieve these learning outcomes, course design needs to balance scaffolding with the need to place the imperative for learning specific content and skills upon the students, the latter through the provision of assessment outcomes and resources that the students need to work towards together.
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Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050949

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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