NORSLIS 2011 - PhD Research Social Networks in a Learning Experience

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PhD research project as presented in NORSLIS 2011, 17 November 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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NORSLIS 2011 - PhD Research Social Networks in a Learning Experience

  1. 1. Studying the Influence (or Mutual Shaping) of Social Networks in a Learning Experience By Juan D. Machin M. Vilnius, 17 November 2011 This research was supported by European Social Fund’s Doctoral Studies and InternationalisationProgrammeDoRa
  2. 2. SOCIAL networks/media networking tools/SNWeb 2.0 sites or applications that allow:  Publication or posting of user generated content  Interactions between usersShift of power in processes of production, edition, publication and communication of information… and consequences that might happen! Prosumer (Toffler, 1980) / Produser (Bruns, 2008)
  3. 3. LiteraciesGeneral term to define the varying degree to which an individual possesses or has mastered competencies or skills for handling [an object?] information in different media or format…new literacies, information, digital, media, numerical, scientific, musical...All these and other sorts of literacies have in common is that they define the ability to handle a certain kind (or form) of information. Literacies Information Literacies Digital Literacies
  4. 4. Extremely Brief Theoretical Considerations Online social networks are mainly based on “real world” society and institutions, some methods and theories for their analysis are similar. (Marchionini, 2009) Human relationships in cyberspace "...are actually being assimilated into everyday life. Furthermore, they are often moved into other social settings, just as they are in offline life.” (Carter, 2005) Role of social interaction in the development of cognition (Vygotsky, 1978) Learners should be "cognitively active" during learning and that instructors use "guided practice.” (Mayer, 2004)In summary: constructivist learning, learning as social phenomenon, literacies, IFLA’s core information competencies, Freire, Fals-Borda, Whitehead &McNiff, McIntyre, Herr & Anderson, Habermas vs. Positivism…and many others…
  5. 5. Research Questionsa) What are the most important issues of SN within a learning environment?b) What is the influence (or mutual shaping) of SN in a learning experience?c) What are the challenges and opportunities of using SN in higher education?d) How do students experience learning when they are engaged in a learning experience that uses SN? Can they help achieve real learning outcomes?e) How does students’ literacies affect the successfulness of such a learning experience?
  6. 6. Sample / Context International Master in Digital Library Learning (DILL) students for convenience, language, diversity, LIS professionals Tallinn Semester: IKM & HRM Courses, learning SN as complement Pilot Study (2011), Final Study (2012)
  7. 7. Method: Participatory Action Research (PAR) Self and collective reflection on the subject of study Researcher is part of and makes interventions on research Cyclical process exploration knowledge construction Action Design of activities and learning interventions
  8. 8. Collection of Data Diagnostic micro-survey Observation X Include/Register students’ input Online forum X Provide other dialog spaces Class discussions Students’ reports Survey Interview
  9. 9. Timeline of the Pilot
  10. 10. Assignment Group work, intended to complement the courses Using SN, create a framework for the communication of the HR in your digital library as well as towards your customers Role Playing Write reflection on issues, challenges and what they did
  11. 11. Data Analysis Content analysis Results in the function of: a) identification of issues (showed & emerging) of SN within a learning environment; b) challenges and opportunities of using SN in education related to the students literacies; c) usefulness of the activities; d) learning.
  12. 12. Notes for the final study Take into account pilot study for self reflection (mutual shape) Better, cohesive study plan More extensive, integrated use of the tools Redefinition of ethical and privacy concerns Redesign of the activities/learning interventions to improve  reception of the research  enhance participation (self, students, students into research)  measuring the role of literacies
  13. 13. Redefining the experiment 1 Introduction Methods / Privacy concerns / Literacies / SN 2 Access 3 Use 4 Evaluation user practices issues of SN [students’ input] SN in organizations [students’ input] SN inlibraries information needs tool location / selection Evaluation of SN integrationcontent initiatives accessibility issues curationcreation of[students’ comments] [students’ input] SN sites [assignment revisit] [class assignment] [students’ comm] [students’ comm] 5 Wrap up Survey / Interviews
  14. 14. Thank you!! machin@tlu.ee judamasmas@gmail.com @judamasmas www.facebook.com/judamasmas http://judamasmas.tumblr.com www.judamasmas.com Via: http://blaugh.com/2008/03/12/addicted-to-twitter/

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