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Pages: 2677-2685
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.1580

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

AN EVALUATION OF SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS: A QUALITATIVE PERSPECTIVE

A. Shokri, G. Dafoulas

Middlesex University (UNITED KINGDOM)
The affordances offered through ubiquitous nature of Web 2.0 technologies and social media have progressively become universal constituents of our lives. Presently our students have seen the escalation in use of multimedia in their studies. With technological advances in telecommunication technologies, students have become accustomed to instant, global communications modes. Educational institutions have progressively adapted more innovative pedagogical approaches in their provision. Web 2.0 has fundamentally altered communication methods between people around the world. Access to information, dissemination, sharing and creation of new digitized content are powerful tools that ease social media adaptation in everyone’s life. Over the last decade multimedia authoring tools have become more useful for content generation. The price and expertise to use these authoring tools has decreased, therefore offering opportunity for educators to broaden their experimental horizons with these technologies. With the advent of Web 2.0, access to information, dissemination, sharing and creation of new digitized content are powerful tools that ease social media adaptation in student’s life. Universities have reported reforms in the use of Education 2.0, while Web 2.0 is finding its momentum in further education and schools. Since the advent of Web 2.0 many educational institutions have reported remarkable positive influences in students learning behaviors. Research studies have illustrated association between students improved communication and collaboration linked to improved motivation hence more ongoing academic performance. Social learning networks represent a more diverse mechanism than a content delivery platform. The potential to release both students and instructors creative talents, ease of content creation and collaboratively sharing teaching and learning resources has enabled educational institutions to explore the strategic benefits of social learning networks. Recent studies indicate that these digital elements when aligned with the best practices of multimedia design become powerful learning agents. This study is aimed at highlighting the importance of social learning networks in education from a qualitative perspective. A series of recent studies at higher and further education has provided guidelines for the improved use of social media in e-learning. This paper’s findings will introduce qualitative verdicts via framework adaptation of social learning networks in e-learning.
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title = {AN EVALUATION OF SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS: A QUALITATIVE PERSPECTIVE},
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A. Shokri, G. Dafoulas (2016) AN EVALUATION OF SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS: A QUALITATIVE PERSPECTIVE, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 2677-2685.
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