Social networking for online learning

Kear, Karen and Jones, Allan (2011). Social networking for online learning. In: Alta 2011 (Advanced learning Technologies and Applications, 2011), 27 Oct 2011, Kaunas, Lithuania.



Three case studies of successful use of educational technology are presented. In each, students' usage of the technology was not what had been expected by the course designers. Theoretical ideas from the sociology of technology are used to illuminate the disparity between expectation and reality. The paper concludes that students' use of educational technology is not wholly predictable from the technology itself; and that the notion of an 'affordance' in relation to educational technology is not straightforward.

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