Student Level of Commitment and Engagement with Ning as a Learning Management System
Aliye Karabulut, Dave Braet, Denise Lindstrom, Dale Niederhauser, Iowa 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
Web-based technology developments have spawned a host of tools supporting communication, collaboration, and socialization in our information-dependent world. Even though a generation of digital natives is entering the teaching workforce, research has shown that they are as ill prepared to use technology for teaching and learning. Based on the idea that social networking environments can be used to organize and extend classroom activities, providing an opportunity for pre-service teachers to integrate communication technologies into their teaching practices, we investigated level of commitment and engagement with Ning as a learning management tool. Ning provided opportunities for community building as it allowed personalization, socialization, communication among class members, as well as organization of the classroom by allowing a convenient access to syllabus, class materials. Students reflected on these features as possible uses of the Ning in their future high school classrooms.
Karabulut, A., Braet, D., Lindstrom, D. & Niederhauser, D. (2009). Student Level of Commitment and Engagement with Ning as a Learning Management System. 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. 2564-2569). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).