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Title: Enriching higher education with social media : development and evaluation of a social media toolkit
Authors : Gülbahar, Yasemin
Rapp, Christian
Kilis, Selcan
Sitnikova, Anna
Published in : International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Volume(Issue) : 18
Issue : 1
Pages : 23
Pages to: 39
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Athabasca University
Issue Date: Feb-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Instructional technology; Social media toolkit; Higher education; Social media in education
Subject (DDC) : 378: Higher education
Abstract: While ubiquitous in everyday use, in reality, social media usage within higher education teaching has expanded quite slowly. Analysis of social media usage of students and instructors for teaching, learning and research purposes across four countries (Russia, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland) showed that many higher education instructors actively use social media for private purposes. However, although they understand that their students also use it for learning purposes, and instructors sense the potential of social media in teaching, they mostly refrain from doing so due to various barriers. In response, an openly accessible trilingual Social Media Toolkit was developed which analyses the teaching scenario with several questions, before suggesting, based on an algorithm, the best matching class of social media, complete with advice on how to use it for teaching purposes. This paper explains the rationale behind the toolkit, its development process, and examines instructors’ perceptions towards it.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (ZID)
Publication type: Article in scientific journal
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-3385
ISSN: 1492-3831
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