Why should I use this? Adopting a social network site in tertiary education

Natalie Spence

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    Abstract

    This paper reports an ethnographic study in which I investigated how students made sense of, and in their turn shaped, a social network site in intensive courses in film and media production. Broadly based on a sensemaking approach, the study aimed to reveal how students‘ expectations, strategies, ‗knowledge gaps‘ and other perceptions of the situation and digital affordances shaped the use of a social networking space. Results showed that students brought expectations that were sometimes met and sometimes not. The paper suggests that while preserving students‘ freedom of choice, the institution should aim to clarify how online tools fit into the larger environment of learning and offer strategies in their use. Learning design should an ongoing process of students‘ and online designers‘ collaborative sensemaking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChanging demands, changing directions
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings ascilite Hobart 2011
    EditorsG. Williams, P. Statham, N. Brown, B. Cleland
    Place of PublicationHobart
    PublisherUniversity of Tasmania
    Pages1162-1166
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)9781862956445
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (28th : 2011) - Hobart
    Duration: 4 Dec 20117 Dec 2011

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (28th : 2011)
    CityHobart
    Period4/12/117/12/11

    Keywords

    • social network site
    • sensemaking
    • affordances
    • film
    • media

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