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Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education

ISSN: 2044-9968
Series editor(s): Charles Wankel

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Social Learning with Social Media: Expanding and Extending the Communication Studies Classroom


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Title:Social Learning with Social Media: Expanding and Extending the Communication Studies Classroom
Author(s):Robert Bodle
Volume:3 Editor(s): Charles Wankel ISBN: 978-0-85724-781-0 eISBN: 978-0-85724-782-7
Citation:Robert Bodle (2011), Social Learning with Social Media: Expanding and Extending the Communication Studies Classroom, in Charles Wankel (ed.) Teaching Arts and Science with the New Social Media (Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, Volume 3), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.107-126
DOI:10.1108/S2044-9968(2011)0000003009 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:Recent studies suggest that many of today's students are highly proficient in their use of digital media and are developing new learning styles heavily dependent on social media and the Web. Theories of social learning seem to address these new learning styles, which are interest and friend driven, and occur in contexts that are outside of class and within the flow of students’ everyday lives. Social learning emphasizes participation, group interaction, and utilizing collaborative environments. This chapter explores how using social media, specifically class blogs (WordPress) and microblogs (e.g., Twitter) together, help achieve social learning. Internet-based learners have various levels of proficiencies, competencies, and adoption rates. Strategies and best practices are explored to address how social media can be utilized by educators to accommodate the heterogeneity of digital learners and engage new styles of learning.

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