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Bridging Informal and Formal Learning through a Twitter-Supported Instructional Activity
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, , Bowling Green State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Savannah, GA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Researchers have called for the need to bridge informal learning and formal learning so as to provide a richer experience for learners. However, few studies have examined how to seamlessly introduce and effectively integrate such informal learning experience in formal educational settings. The proposed study examines an instructional activity designed to help learners in an undergraduate online course get immersed in the Twitter professional community by subscribing and reading tweets from top twitter accounts created by professionals. The findings suggest that students believed that the activity broadened their knowledge on the topic of project management, helped them see the connections between coursework and real work, and empowered them with a new tool for learning and inquiry.

Citation

Gao, F. & Darr, K. (2016). Bridging Informal and Formal Learning through a Twitter-Supported Instructional Activity. In G. Chamblee & L. Langub (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2024-2030). Savannah, GA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 23, 2019 from .

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