Social Network Enhancement for Non-formal Learning

C. Whitty, Rachid Anane

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    Concern over student engagement has highlighted the inability of learning management systems (LMS) to accommodate the social side of learning. The emergence of social networks and their widespread adoption by students has opened new avenues for mediating different modes of learning. This work seeks to capitalise on the informal interactions of social networks, the structure of learning programmes and the multiple facets of collaborative approaches, in order to enhance student engagement. These are integrated into a framework which supports non-formal learning and facilitates knowledge creation and sharing through socialisation, externalisation and combination. A programme element - defined by a curriculum structure- and a collaborative element - identified by collaborative activities - are grafted onto the social fabric of Facebook. The aim of the framework is to promote engagement through a community of practice. Learners are encouraged to share tacit knowledge and co-construct explicit knowledge through social media and a dedicated collaborative tool.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    ISBN (Electronic)9781479925049
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Waikoloa, United States
    Duration: 6 Jan 20149 Jan 2014


    Conference47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
    Abbreviated titleHICSS
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

    Bibliographical note

    The paper was given at the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014, 6 January 2014 through 9 January 2014, Waikoloa, HI
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    • community of practic
    • constructivism
    • explicit knowledge
    • formal
    • informal learning
    • tacit


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