20120628 pp tfacebookfilipvervenne

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In 2011, the center of excellence in e-learning of KATHO (university college Belgium) organized a small project with students of the teacher training. The people involved in the project explored new methodologies and social media to make the course more interactive and collaborative compared to courses that stick to the common learning management system, Blackboard. The project aimed to experiment and to inspire teachers to develop more interactive and online coaching. This brief paper is meant to share some of our experiences and conclusions concerning working with web 2.0 facilities. The experience with creating a closed learning environment within Facebook in combination with some wikis in Googledoc was finished with an assessment, resulting in findings, recommendations and implications for future applications.

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20120628 pp tfacebookfilipvervenne

  1. 1. Filip Vervenne – short paper, june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.THE EDUCATIONAL USE OFFACEBOOK… a try-out in a course 2011-2012, Belgium
  2. 2. Introduction/context in a course called “ANI-MATE”, an experiental project from the Centre of Excellence in E-learning KATHO university college… * in teacher education, students 3rd year Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  3. 3. How Facebook occurred… We kind of organized a small research within the course, engaging the students with 2 tools:  The students had to make reflections on 3 items: intertainment (=internet-entertainment), educational games, social media. We used a wiki for this part.  For the interactive part, we asked from each student 5 contributions on FACEBOOK, linked to the Filip Vervenne - of the -3 items in the wiki... content june 2012 EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  4. 4. WHY FACEBOOK ?!1. Students are on Facebook…2. Individuals spend a lot of time on Facebook… Undergraduate students surveyed spent 51 minutes a day on Facebook (Stutzman, 2008)3. Interaction, that’s where Facebook is all about, isn’t it? Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  5. 5. OK OK, we faced SOME PROBLEMS ,for e.g.1. In the beginning: some students just couldn’t find me on Facebook. The best was to give them the link in Blackboard so I was one click away. Some students also had difficulties to find the notifications with the introduction and instructions.2. One student connected to the course with her private account. Had to throw her out, the content was euh…3. Contributions disappearing…? Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  6. 6. PROBLEMS … can be solved… First problem: we cannot presume that all students know how to work with Facebook => Appropriate coaching!  The best is to give them a link in the used PLE or LMS so you stay one click away.  Put introduction and instructions (about how to work with Facebook, the aim of,…) both on Facebook and in the used PLE or LMS. Clear instructions: never with a public account, neither teacher, neither students… Neither using the friends-account. Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S. Work with a small group of students to keep the
  7. 7. + some positiveimpressions/experiences/effects a real feeling of a learning community a dynamical working space, community beyond the classroom facilitating interaction, communication teacher-student, student-student. Even chat available amongst students/teachers working synchronously… Point of view for the teacher also a good coaching tool, tracking of who is doing what when… Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  8. 8. someone contributes and drops a link… other students like… and/or interact and learn form their peersFilip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  9. 9. specificdeterminedprivate accountfor everyone ! teacher in the interaction Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S
  10. 10. WHY NOT?! Findings, recommendations…Facebook can benefit the instructor andstudent  tapping different learning styles  diversifying, expanding pedagogical portfolio => the variety in approaches, taps the difference in learning styles Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  11. 11. WHY NOT?! Findings, recommendations…Facebook can benefit the instructor andstudent  creating online peer collaboration  creating a classroom community beyond the classroom  increasing teacher-student and student-student interaction => the interaction, participationU.S. contribution Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, and empowers the (incidental) learning
  12. 12. WHY NOT?! Findings, recommendations…Facebook can benefit the instructor andstudent  Facebook is appealing to students => since learning is all about motivation…  Last but not least: addressing to 21-st century skills and literacy => we must be familiar with the tools of this era Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.
  13. 13. REMARKS, SHARING IDEAS AND EXPERIENCES: PLEASECONTACT MEFILIP.VERVENNE@KATHO.BE Filip Vervenne - june 2012 - EDmedia, Denver, U.S.

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