As Learners Move into the Open: Obstacles to Overcome, Strategies for Success, and Potential for Participatory Learning (Research-Based)
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Concourse Foyer and Crystal Corridor
This presentation will highlight results from two research studies conducted between 2008 and 2010 on social media use for learning. Participants were undergraduate and graduate students in a School of Education at a large urban research university in the United States. Findings from the first study describe a perceived gap between faculty and student use of social media and emphasize student expectations for classroom use. The second study of graduate students engaged in blog writing as a method of reflective practice shares effective classroom strategies and explores the nature of participatory learning that emerged from blogging in an open learning environment.