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Page: 7957 (abstract only)
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

FACEBOOK GROUPS AS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PLATFORM

Z. Al-Shidhani

Sultan Qaboos University (OMAN)
The main purpose of this study was to investigate whether using Facebook groups as a professional development resource for the Omani IT teachers can create a community of practice?

Based on that, this study sought to answer the following questions:
(a) Is there an identifiable theme that defines the domain of the current Facebook group?
(b) Does any interaction and knowledge sharing exist in the Facebook group?
(c) Are there any useful products developed through the members interaction (if it exists) that can be useful for others?

This study used a case study approach. A Facebook groups was created for the IT teachers. Questionnaires were distributed to participants (n=31). 3 participants were interviewed. The content of the Facebook group was analysed against number of Community of Practice criteria.

The results showed that Facebook groups have good features to host the activities of a community of practice. Although some participants believe that Facebook is not their favorable place for communication and knowledge sharing.
@InProceedings{ALSHIDHANI2015FAC,
author = {Al-Shidhani, Z.},
title = {FACEBOOK GROUPS AS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PLATFORM},
series = {9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-606-5763-7},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Madrid, Spain},
month = {2-4 March, 2015},
year = {2015},
pages = {7957}}
TY - CONF
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TI - FACEBOOK GROUPS AS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PLATFORM
SN - 978-84-606-5763-7/2340-1079
PY - 2015
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CI - Madrid, Spain
JO - 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
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Z. Al-Shidhani (2015) FACEBOOK GROUPS AS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PLATFORM, INTED2015 Proceedings, p. 7957.
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