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Using Social Networking Software to Increase Students’ Participation in a Virtual Classroom
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, University of Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This paper describes an experiment which to motivate students to use a virtual classroom. Currently, a virtual classroom is used to support face-to-face teaching. Students used the virtual classroom regularly, mostly because they have to. This experiment augments the virtual classroom approach with concepts from social networking to create a social virtual classroom. The aim of the experiment is to determine if social media can motivate students to willingly use the social virtual classroom. Results from the experiment indicate that using a social virtual classroom did create an open community where the students were willing to be members of. The students also displayed a lot of creativity in using this community which indicates how comfortable the students felt. A survey was conducted towards the end of the experiment and 76.9 % found that the social aspect of the community made the community more interesting.

Citation

Mohan, F. (2010). Using Social Networking Software to Increase Students’ Participation in a Virtual Classroom. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2091-2098). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 3, 2020 from .

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