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Presentation about collaborative social media projects between students at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., and at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Students used wiki, ...

Presentation about collaborative social media projects between students at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., and at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Students used wiki, blog, e-mail and videoconferencing to create, promote and analyze results of an online survey about the 2008 presidential election.

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Using Web 2.0 to Facilitate Learning Using Web 2.0 to Facilitate Learning Presentation Transcript

  • Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Facilitate Learning: A student collaboration project between Florida A&M University and Midwestern State University Ms. Mitzi Lewis Midwestern State University Dr. LaRae M. Donnellan, APR, CPRC Florida A&M University
  • Objectives
    • Investigate usefulness of Web 2.0 technology to facilitate learning across distance
    • Use Internet survey to explore college student political beliefs
  • Net Generation
    • Social Technographics Profile
      • Measures technology use
      • NetGens: Creators, Critics, Collectors
    • Diffusion of Innovations
      • Perceived attributes
      • Type of innovation-decision
      • Communication channels
      • Nature of social system
      • Extent of change agent’s promotion efforts
  • 1. Identifying Research Area
      • “ College Student Election Survey”
  • Web 2.0 Tools
    • Teleconference
    • E-mail
    • Blog
    • Wiki
    • SurveyMonkey
  • College Student Election Survey
    • Created in summer 2008
    • 22 questions
      • Political leanings
      • Preferences
      • Issues
      • How learned about the survey
    • 900 responses
  • 2. Gathering Data
    • Tracking student participation on blog & wiki
    • Soliciting feedback via classroom discussions
    • Soliciting feedback via survey
    • Communicating regularly via e-mail & phone
  • Blog Use
    • Blogs – Confident in abilities to use
    • Blogs – Effective way to communicate w/ team
    Response % No. Strongly disagree 0.0% 0 Disagree 0.0% 0 Neutral 15.0% 3 Agree 55.5% 11 Strongly agree 30.0% 6 Response % No. Strongly disagree 10.0% 4 Disagree 35.0% 7 Neutral 35.0% 7 Agree 15.0% 3 Strongly disagree 5.0% 1
  • Wiki Use
    • Wiki – Confident in abilities to use
    • Wikis – Effective way to communicate w/ team
    Response % No. Strongly disagree 0.0% 0 Disagree 0.0% 0 Neutral 20.0% 4 Agree 60.0% 12 Strongly agree 20.0% 4 Response % No. Strongly disagree 20.0% 4 Disagree 20.0% 4 Neutral 40.0% 8 Agree 10.0% 2 Strongly agree 10.0% 2
  • Would You Collaborate Again?
    • Interested in future collaborative projects with students at other universities
    Response % No. Strongly disagree 15.0% 3 Disagree 15.0% 3 Neutral 10.0% 2 Agree 35.0% 7 Strongly agree 25.0% 5
  • 3. Interpreting Data
    • Wiki more effective than blog
      • Ease of use
      • Comfort level
      • Understanding potential
    • Collaboration
      • Not “natural”
      • Didn’t work
  • 4. Acting on Evidence
    • Mid-project adjustments
    • More class structure
      • Scaffolding
  • 5. Evaluating Results
    • Creating effective teams is challenging – especially at a distance.
    • SM tools not seen as valuable.
    • More structured instruction?
      • Motivation
      • Consequences
  • 6. Conclusions
    • Design technology use around learning objectives.
    • Use “scaffolding” – Show students how to apply tools in other contexts.
  • Observations/Future Research
    • Role of competing SM activities going on at the same time: TubeTheVote e-zine.
  • Observations/Future Research
    • 2. Role of race & ethnicity in the adoption of Web 2.0 tools in educational setting.