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Integrating Facebook into Distance Education and Online Learning Environments: To Promote Interactive Online Learning Communities

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Title: Integrating Facebook into Distance Education and Online Learning Environments: To Promote Interactive Online Learning Communities
Authors: Ring, Macy
Instructor: Gose, Eddie
Eichelberger, Ariana
Ho, Curtis
Keywords: Facebook, social media, distance education, online learning, social presence
Issue Date: 19 Apr 2012
Citation: Ring, M. (2012, April 19). Integrating Facebook into distance education and online learning environments: To promote interactive online learning communities. PowerPoint presented at the 17th Annual Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference.
Abstract: Enrollment in distance Education (DE) and online learning environments (OLE) has increased because of advances in information and communications technologies (ICT), changing economic times, and the desire to improve skills. Simultaneously, completion rates of DE and online learning have seen a decline (Xu & Jaggers, 2011). According to Xu and Jaggers (2011), this may be due to feelings of isolation and lack of support, motivation, and time. DE and online learning require high levels of interactivity and good social presence, modeling face-to-face (F2F) environments. Facebook was examined because of its enormous user base, ease of use, and its potential to build online communities. An online instructional module about integrating a Facebook Group Page was developed for university-level educators of DE and OLE. Keller’s ARCS Model of Motivation informed the design. Findings revealed that educators are interested in Facebook, but remain skeptical about its place in education. Many enjoyed the module and performed well, but suggested more interactivity, examples of successful classroom implementation, and information about privacy and self-disclosure. Further research about educators' attitudes of social media in education is needed, as well as, a better understanding of the factors required for a social media to be more appealing and education-worthy.
Sponsor: Department of Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Hawaii, Learning Times, TCC Online Conference
Pages/Duration: 27 pages
Rights: Please see the Creative Commons license for this item.
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Appears in Collections:ETEC 690, Spring 2012

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