Using social networking tools in educational settings: Student attitudes and perceptions of NING
Lori Holcomb, Kevin Brady, Bethany Smith, North Carolina State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The results of this online study aims to examine and identify the educational uses and benefits of Ning, a new and emerging social networking tool recently adopted by a College of Education. Ning (http://www.ning.com/) is an online tool that allows for users to create their own social network. The College of Education at a large public university in the Southeast has created their own social network using Ning (http://cedncsu.ning.com/) that is open to all students, faculty, & staff within the college. Ning allows users to share, communicate, and collaborate through the social network. Students enrolled in classes where NING is used will be asked to complete an online survey indicating their attitudes and perceptions towards Ning. Findings from this study will highlight the benefits as well as drawbacks of Ning as an educational tool.
Holcomb, L., Brady, K. & Smith, B. (2009). Using social networking tools in educational settings: Student attitudes and perceptions of NING. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2551-2553). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).