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Social, usability and pedagogical factors influencing students' learning experiences with wikis and blogs

Minocha, Shailey and Roberts, David (2011). Social, usability and pedagogical factors influencing students' learning experiences with wikis and blogs. In: Dror, Itiel E. ed. Technology Enhanced Learning and Cognition. Benjamins Current Topics (27). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 97–131.

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With a variety of technology-enabled tools and environments to choose from, it is increasingly difficult for educators to ascertain the factors that influence the quality of the students’ learning experience and hence make appropriate choices for the use of technology. In this paper, we discuss the role of two technologies — wikis and blogs — in teaching and learning. We provide case studies of two courses at the Open Umiversity, UK and empirical evidence of students’ experiences, perceptions, and expectations on these courses. We discuss the context of these courses and the usage of these technologies: The pedagogical underpinnings and the rationale for introducing these technologies; the intended learning outcomes from the usage of these tools; and the extent to which the activities based around these tools have enabled the intended learning and facilitated the learning process. We report on the social, usability, and pedagogical factors that have influenced the quality of students’ learning experience. The research reported in this paper aims to provide guidance to course designers and educators for choosing tools, particularly wikis and blogs, for their contexts and for creating value and generating a positive student experience to engender student satisfaction and retention.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2011 John Benjamins B. V.
ISBN: 90-272-2257-6, 978-90-272-2257-2
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Open University, UK
Extra Information: These materials in this book were previously published in Pragmatics & Cognition, 16:2, (2008) and 17:1 (2009).
Keywords: blog; blogging; collaborative learning; computer mediated communications; online communities; personal journal; technology-enhanced learning; virtual teams; wikis
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 29805
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 15:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 14:41
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