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Social media as a learning environment : how, why, where and when people learn

Casey, Gail 2014, Social media as a learning environment : how, why, where and when people learn. In Griffin, Tabatha (ed), 2013 postgraduate research papers : a compendium, NCVER, Adelaide, S.Aust., pp.97-112.

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Title Social media as a learning environment : how, why, where and when people learn
Author(s) Casey, GailORCID iD for Casey, Gail orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-1569
Title of book 2013 postgraduate research papers : a compendium
Editor(s) Griffin, Tabatha
Publication date 2014
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 8
Start page 97
End page 112
Total pages 16
Publisher NCVER
Place of Publication Adelaide, S.Aust.
Keyword(s) social media
action research
active learning
learning design
Summary This paper reports on an 18-month high school action research study and how this could be used to inform course designers and educators in other sectors of education. The high school study focused on the integration of social media into the face-to-face classroom. It used action research in a Victorian public high school in a total of 13 of the author’s classes. Data collection was in three phases over an eighteen month period. This involved the teacher creating one online social network and sharing this dynamic environment with up to seven classes in a semester. Blogs, groups, chats, discussion forums, Web 2.0 tools and a wide range of student-generated content were shared online, within a class and between classes. Students were encouraged to interact and to share their thoughts and ideas about planning as well as using their out-of-school skills and knowledge. Each topic, within each class, was one action research cycle. A number of the findings from this high school study were integrated into post-secondary education subjects at Deakin University. In an era of social media, this high school study has provided insight into how, why, where and when students learn, and by blending many of the findings into Deakin University courses, this study offers a new way of approaching teaching and learning in the broader notion of tertiary education and training.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category BN Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin
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