Online and Social Networking Communities: A Best Practice Guide for Educators

Kear, Karen (2010). Online and Social Networking Communities: A Best Practice Guide for Educators. The Open and Flexible Learning Series. New York and Abingdon: Routledge.



Online and Social Networking Communities is a professional guide written for educational practitioners and trainers who wish to use online communication tools effectively in their teaching. Focusing on the student experience of learning in online communities, it addresses 'web 2.0' and other 'social software' tools and considers the role these technologies play in supporting student learning and building learning communities.The guide offers: real-world case studies and quality research a must-have list of useful resources guidance on building and supporting online learning communities information on how collaborative learning assessment differs from assessment of individual learning coverage of wikis, forums, blogging and micro-blogging, instant messaging, YouTube, Facebook, Second Life, Twitter, Flicker, desktop audio, videoconferencing, and social networking sites.Online and Social Networking Communities helps educators and trainers develop a critical approach by exploring online teaching from both the student and educator's perspective. This practical guide provides the tools to become a confident and thoughtful online educator, able to create successful and enjoyable learning experiences for your students.

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