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Karlsson, Niklas; Godhe, Anna-Lena (2016). Creating a Community Rather than a Course–Possibilities and Dilemmas in a MOOC, Education Sciences. In this article, a massive open online course (MOOC) made by and for Swedish teachers will be presented and discussed in order to determine what possibilities and dilemmas are involved when creating and participating in a MOOC that is meant to be a community rather than a course. By analysing interviews of the organisers as well as blog posts and surveys answered by participants, the conclusions that can be drawn point to the ambiguity of the boundary created between participating in a community and in a course. The way one is expected to participate in the MOOC differs from how one is usually expected to participate in professional development courses. The social aspects of a community become the focus for the participants in the MOOC rather than the content that it is addressing. The skeletal structure of the MOOC inhibits the participation of those who are unaccustomed to the digital environment where it takes place. Furthermore, the division of labour between participants and organisers is affected by the notion of course and therefore becomes ambiguous and creates tensions for both organisers and participants.   [More]  Descriptors: Online Courses, Professional Development, Foreign Countries, Data Collection

Turky, Mohamed Abdullah (2016). The Influences of Social Collaboration on Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy for Higher Education, Online Submission. The present study tries to research the relationship between Social Collaboration Activity and Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy for Higher Education student. It additionally looks to decide how Social Collaboration adds to the forecast of their sense Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy. The study reported in this paper was led to inspect the relationship Social Collaboration and their Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy in Staff of Training. To this end, 37 Higher Education students were chosen from Workforce of Instruction in Tanta College in Egypt. The members were requested that finish the on Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy Questionnaire. Information investigation and factual figuring's uncovered that there is a huge relationship between Social Collaboration and Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy. To explore of Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy may have more prescient force in foreseeing Higher Education student Social Collaboration, relapse examination was run. The major findings revealed that: Using Social Collaboration Activity Through Facebook Group enhanced the Web 2.0 Self-Efficacy for students. The conclusions and ramifications of the examination were talked about with reference to the prior discoveries. Questionnaire in Web 2.0 Efficiency is appended.   [More]  Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Self Efficacy, College Students, Foreign Countries

Stankovska, Gordana; Angelkovska, Slagana; Grncarovska, Svetlana Pandiloska (2016). Social Networks Use, Loneliness and Academic Performance among University Students, Bulgarian Comparative Education Society. The world is extensively changed by Social Networks Sites (SNSs) on the Internet. A large number of children and adolescents in the world have access to the internet and are exposed to the internet at a very early age. Most of them use the Social Networks Sites with the purpose of exchanging academic activities and developing a social network all over the world. But the excessive internet usage can lead to negative outcomes such as poor school performance, depression and loneliness. According to these findings, the main aim of this research is to investigate whether internet addiction is related to academic performance and loneliness among the university students. The Emotional and Social Loneliness Scale, Scale for Social Networks and a personal information sheet were administered to a sample of 120 (61 female, 59 male) university students. The results indicated that internet addiction was positively associated with loneliness among students. At the same time we found a significant positive relationship between social networks and loneliness, but negative relationship between social networks and low academic performance. There was no correlation between social networks, loneliness and high academic performance. It has been concluded that internet addiction predicts loneliness among university students. [For the complete Volume 14, Number 1 proceedings, see ED568088.]   [More]  Descriptors: Social Media, Interpersonal Relationship, College Students, Psychological Patterns

Bredlöv, Eleonor (2016). Shaping the Female Student: An Analysis of Swedish Beauty School Recruitment Texts, Studies in Continuing Education. This study focuses on the recruitment of adults to the beauty industry in Sweden. It is concerned with a move in (beauty) education away from state and towards private provision in a wider context where education is becoming more heavily marketised. Drawing on a poststructural approach inspired by the work of Foucault and feminist theory, the shaping of student subjectivity in recruitment material for private beauty schools is analysed. A poststructural approach provides analytical tools that make visible the process of how power shapes subjectivities, and the use of feminist theory gives special focus to the gendered aspects of this process. The study includes a textual analysis of website homepages of beauty schools, beauty schools' Facebook pages and web pages that provide compiled information on educational programs and courses connected to the beauty industry. The analysis shows how consumption is constituted and feminised through specific marketing strategies and thereby becomes both a starting point and a resource for the shaping of student subjectivity. Thus, a particular form of gendered entrepreneurial self is shaped in this feminised educational context, and this study therefore highlights the importance of vocational research that takes into account the shaping of student subjectivity.   [More]  Descriptors: Aesthetics, Adults, Industry, Foreign Countries

Caliendo, Stephen M.; Chod, Suzanne; Muck, William (2016). Using Twitter to Increase Political Interest in Undergraduate Students, Journal of Political Science Education. This study examines the impact of using Twitter in the classroom on student political efficacy, interest, and engagement. Millennials use the virtual world to build social relationships and to obtain information. By envisioning the virtual world as a means to increase civic engagement, political science instructors can use technology to draw upon social networking, iterated interaction, and information sharing. Because taking political science and civics courses can boost civic engagement, students who are drawn to political science courses are more likely to already be interested in politics and have an increased knowledge. Therefore, what we demonstrate is that, while Twitter in and of itself does not independently foster civic engagement, employing it as a pedagogical tool taps into and strengthens the predispositions of students in political science classes, namely political interest and efficacy. Our results contribute to a fresh and much needed discussion in political science literature about ways to increase civic engagement of Millennials.   [More]  Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Social Media, Political Issues

Shaw, Carolyn M. (2016). Connecting Students Cross-Nationally through Facebook, Journal of Political Science Education. For over a decade, academia has been engaged in a lively discussion of how to internationalize the curriculum so that students are better prepared to step into the role of global citizens. This article contributes to the discussion of methods that can be employed to further promote internationalization. The article examines a class project designed with the goal of connecting students through the use of Facebook in order to expand their global awareness and perspectives. In the project, students from U.S. and non-U.S. colleges posted images and descriptions of international relations concepts. By recognizing that others around the world attribute different (and sometimes similar) meanings to these concepts, students broadened their own understandings and gained a greater awareness of the diversity in the study of international relations. A review of three iterations of the project yields useful feedback for future endeavors. While this study is focused on international relations concepts, the framework could also be adapted for other topic areas where a comparative perspective would be beneficial.   [More]  Descriptors: Social Media, College Students, International Programs, Cultural Awareness

Shafie, Latisha Asmaak; Yaacob, Aizan; Singh, Paramjit Kaur Karpal (2016). Facebook Activities and the Investment of L2 Learners, English Language Teaching. The article discusses the investment of L2 learners in the English language on Facebook that they portrayed through their Facebook activities. It studied four informants consisted of diploma students in a Malaysian university. The study consisted of 14 weeks of online observation and semi-structured interviews. Data were collected from online observation and semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using thematic analysis and Second Cycle Coding. The findings revealed that there were five Facebook activities that were used by L2 learners to improve their English language proficiency: (a) writing posts and comments in English, (b) reading news feeds in English, (c) participating in interest-based Facebook groups, (d) watching movies in English, and (e) communicating with foreign Facebook friends. The most popular Facebook activities were writing posts and comments in English and reading news feeds in English.   [More]  Descriptors: Social Media, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, College Students

Dewilde, Joke; Skrefsrud, Thor-André (2016). Including Alternative Stories in the Mainstream. How Transcultural Young People in Norway Perform Creative Cultural Resistance in and outside of School, International Journal of Inclusive Education. The development of an inclusive pedagogy takes on new urgency in Norwegian schools as the student body has become increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse. Traditionally, the Norwegian school has been dominated by homogenising and assimilating discourses, whereas alternative voices have been situated at the margins. In response to this tendency, we present two transcultural students' autoethnographic stories produced in alternative spaces to the Norwegian mainstream, that is, in a transition class for newly arrived students and on Facebook. Both spaces are perceived as contact zones in the sense that they are culturally and linguistically complex. This article illustrates how the students perform cultural and linguistic resistance towards dominant homogenising discourses as the transition class and Facebook seem to offer opportunities for constructing alternative stories. Moreover, we contend that these alternative stories offer important knowledge for conventional education contexts since they represent stories of competence in contrast to the assumed limitations of these students.   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mainstreaming, Ethnography, Student Diversity

Karakose, Turgut; Yirci, Ramazan; Uygun, Harun; Ozdemir, Tuncay Yavuz (2016). Relationship between High School Students' Facebook Addiction and Loneliness Status, EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education. This study was conducted in order to analyze the relation between high school students' Facebook addiction and loneliness levels. The study was conducted with the relational screening model. The sample of the study consists of 712 randomly selected high school students. The data was collected using the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale (BFAS) to analyze the students' Facebook tendencies and with the UCLA Loneliness Scale to analyze the students' levels of loneliness. Data was analyzed with descriptive statistic instruments along with t-test, ANOVA test, LSD test, and Correlation Analysis. Research findings suggest that the Facebook addiction levels of the high school students in the sample are rather low. Analyses conducted regarding the gender variable indicate that there is no relationship between Facebook addiction levels and the time spent on Facebook. Findings show that students most commonly share photographs and videos. This suggests that students use Facebook as a leisure pastime. Also, analyses indicate that there is a statistical significant relationship between the time participants spend on Facebook and their Facebook addiction scores. Findings of the study suggest that both male and female students' loneliness scores are low. In addition, the Correlation Analysis conducted to determine participants' Facebook addiction and loneliness levels was examined and no statistical significant relationships were found. According to the findings, it can be asserted that the participants of this study are not in the risk group regarding their Facebook addiction and loneliness levels.   [More]  Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, High School Students, Addictive Behavior, Social Media

Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic (2016). Creating and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities: Q&A with Stephanie Hirsh, Ph.D. 2016 Educator Effectiveness Webinar Series. In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director of Learning Forward, presented the research on effective PLCs and shared her experiences in creating, assessing, and leading PLCs. This Q&A addressed questions participants had for Dr. Hirsh following the webinar. The webinar recording and PowerPoint presentation are also available.   [More]  Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teamwork, Accountability, Teacher Collaboration

Alqahtani, Sulaiman (2016). Social Networking Framework for Universities in Saudi Arabia, International Association for Development of the Information Society. The interactive capacities of social networking instruments have unleashed a number of possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning in the higher education sector and many universities are engaged in harnessing the capabilities of these tools. While much valuable research has been conducted on this theme, scholarship has tended to be oriented towards academic practices and sample student populations derived from mainstream societies and countries; little research has been conducted into social networking uptake in higher education sectors in peripheral geo-cultural regions. This research aims to focus on Saudi Arabia in order to develop and assess a social networking framework for the use by Saudi Arabian universities. The main research outcome will be a social networking framework for higher education in Saudi Arabia which can be used by Government departments, funding bodies, university management, administrators and technical support departments for the benefit of teaching staff and learners. [For full proceedings, see ED571459.]   [More]  Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Educational Technology

Bannin, B. Pidgeon (2016). Predicting Social Presence in the Mobile Digital Learning Venue When Using Blogs, Facebook, and Wikis, ProQuest LLC. The adult learner has experienced a massive change in learning options. From a traditional face-to-face classroom with the professor imparting knowledge to a mobile digital learning venue that encourages self-direction and transformative learning, the student is the focus and the professor becomes the facilitator. Adult learners seek out learning options that are meaningful and convenient and that utilize technology. Social presence helps to facilitate learning by enhancing connectedness with peers and the instructor. Our tech-savvy, 21st-century adult students have virtually connected to one another via many of the social networking options available. Social connection has permeated every avenue of today's society, including learning institutions. As technology advances and students demand more accessible methods of learning, using existing and familiar platforms for academic discourse is a natural occurrence. The purpose of this study is to find out if using the dialogue options of blogs, Facebook, and wikis might predict levels of social presence among learners while controlling for demographic and academic experience variables. A hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used to determine if there was a statistically significant relationship between the dialogue options and levels of social presence. Of the three models, the introduction of the dialogue options into Model 3 was found to be significant and explained 21% of the variance, an overall increase of 13.9%. Further analysis of the standardized coefficients revealed that wikis made the most significant contribution; however, the contribution was negative and indicated that as students worked on wikis, levels of social presence declined. There was a positive relationship with Facebook, and Facebook explained 6% of the variance. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: www.proquest.com/en-US/products/disserta…   [More]  Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Ramakrishnan, N.; Priya, J. Johnsi (2016). Mobile Chatting Behaviour of Arts and Science College Students, Online Submission. Mobile connectivity is the order of the day. Personas irrespective of their socio-economic status possess mobile device either basic or advanced android or windows or IOS. The chat applications have become popular with younger generation. It has started trickling down to children below the age of eighteen. The behaviour has influenced the aged also. The mobile chat applications have no barriers with regard to age group, nativity, social status and economic status. The increasing dominance of these mobile chat applications need to be studied. It has been eating away our young people's time and mind. The recent election in Tamil Nadu is the best example. Parties have used these chat applications to make their comments, appeals, abuses and pleas. Wherever we go it is obvious that the students sit with mobile apps ignoring the presence of others. It has become the natural quest of everyone who is penchant in doing research to take up a study on this behaviour. Hence, the investigators have taken up this study to find out arts and science college students mobile chatting behaviour like use of chat applications, time of chatting and chatting with the people associated with them. The study has used simple random sampling technique of 300 arts and science college students of Chennai area. The findings of the study reveal that there are four chat applications namely WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Hang out occupying first, second, third and fourth places respectively among arts and science college students.   [More]  Descriptors: College Students, Computer Mediated Communication, Handheld Devices, Social Media

Atici, Bünyamin (2016). Virtual Communities as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon, Journal of Education and Learning. The developments which were experienced in the communication and technology area made internet an important part of the daily life. In this respect, the virtual communities are in prominent place which are insulated from the time and place. In the study, Hakkarim.net is researched that formed our subject as one of the most different examples of these virtual communities. A qualitative research which is based on the observation fundamentally and richened with a survey and in-depth interviews is carried out in accordance with the ethnographic research which is used in this study. The behavior-oriented observations are performed and the oral reports are arranged with the requirements that the research is performed in the natural environment. In the research, the participants define being member of Hakkarim.net which they turned into a social sharing network and virtual community as commitment, unrequited love, happiness, belonging and entertainment respectively. The findings show that the persons in Hakkarim.net were expressing the everything they could not find in the real life, women, chats, words and dreams in this geography in which the people struggle with the problems such as terror, unemployment, violence and the feeling of being marginalized for years in Turkey.   [More]  Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Interviews, Ethnography, Observation

Fowler, Brad; Godin, Joy; Geddy, Margaret (2016). Teaching Case: Introduction to NoSQL in a Traditional Database Course, Journal of Information Systems Education. Many organizations are dealing with the increasing demands of big data, so they are turning to NoSQL databases as their preferred system for handling the unique problems of capturing and storing massive amounts of data. Therefore, it is likely that employees in all sizes of organizations will encounter NoSQL databases. Thus, to be more job-ready, college students need to be introduced to this technology to begin to have a functional understanding of how it works and how to use it. This paper provides a simple project-based, teaching case that introduces NoSQL and can be easily integrated into any existing database management course to augment concepts and skills geared around traditional SQL relational databases. The teaching case was tested and student feedback (pre- and post-assessment results, shown in the data analytics and results section) indicated a significant increase in their basic knowledge of NoSQL.   [More]  Descriptors: Information Storage, Information Retrieval, Database Management Systems, Databases

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