(In)formality in Social Media Discourse: The Case of Instructors and Students in Saudi Higher Education
Jamilah Alamri, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Global Learn, in Berlin, Germany Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
The potential impact of social media as it transfers to higher education practice globally is significant and therefore cannot be overlooked as a research topic. A formal higher education system such as that of Saudi is a convenient case study for exploring social media influence on the tendency towards informality in educational discourse. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, this paper attempts to explore the presence and forms of informality in instructors’ online discourse with their students via the social networking application WhatsApp. Quantitative findings reveal a gradually increasing trend towards informality over time. Discourse analysis identifies how informal features are distributed across instructors’ discourse moves as participants achieve reassurance, praise, and communion. Future research can address the potential of social media in revitalizing “friendship” within educational ecologies such as that of Saudi Arabia.
Alamri, J. (2015). (In)formality in Social Media Discourse: The Case of Instructors and Students in Saudi Higher Education. In Proceedings of Global Learn Berlin 2015: Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 101-108). Berlin, Germany: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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