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Goals, motivation for, and outcomes of personal learning through networks: results of a tweetstorm

Sie, Rory L. L.; Pataraia, Nino; Boursinou, Eleni; Rajagopal, Kamakshi; Margaryan, Anoush; Falconer, Isobel; Bitter-Rijpkema, Marlies; Littlejohn, Allison and Sloep, Peter B. (2013). Goals, motivation for, and outcomes of personal learning through networks: results of a tweetstorm. Educational Technology & Society, 16(3) pp. 59–75.

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Recent developments in the use of social media for learning have posed serious challenges for learners. The information overload that these online social tools create has changed the way learners learn and from whom they learn. An investigation of learners, goals, motivations and expected outcomes when using a personal learning network is essential since there have been few empirical studies in the domain. Previous research focused on the factors that influence learning in virtual environments, but these studies were mainly conducted in an era in which online social media were not yet used for personal learning networks. The current paper reports findings of a study that examined factors impacting professional learning through networks.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS), The Authors
ISSN: 1436-4522
Keywords: social networks; Twitter; personal learning network; networking tools; computer sciences
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Item ID: 42260
Depositing User: Allison Littlejohn
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 10:41
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 09:08
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