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Article: Exploring university students’ use of technologies beyond the formal learning context: A tale of two online platforms

TitleExploring university students’ use of technologies beyond the formal learning context: A tale of two online platforms
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherASCILITE. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html
Citation
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2015, v. 31 n. 3, p. 313-327 How to Cite?
AbstractSituated within an informal learning context, this study examines how a group of pre-service teachers in Hong Kong use Facebook and Google Sites on their own initiative to fulfill their academic and socio-emotional needs during their teaching practice. Also included in the study are the motivating and inhibiting factors that influence student online participation. Guided by an informal learning model and the literature relating to online participation and sense of community, this exploratory study generates its findings from questionnaires, individual interviews and online postings. The results show that Google Sites created an avenue for the students to share a range of self-developed teaching resources and ideas. Facebook is a more interactive platform through which the participants seek peer support, exchange teaching ideas, and engage in discussions on a variety of topics. Structure and control provided by Google Sites and immediacy and interactivity afforded by Facebook become complementary to each other.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/213724
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.798
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.327

 

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dc.contributor.authorDeng, LP-
dc.contributor.authorTavares, NJ-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-13T06:09:52Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-13T06:09:52Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationAustralasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2015, v. 31 n. 3, p. 313-327-
dc.identifier.issn1449-5554-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/213724-
dc.description.abstractSituated within an informal learning context, this study examines how a group of pre-service teachers in Hong Kong use Facebook and Google Sites on their own initiative to fulfill their academic and socio-emotional needs during their teaching practice. Also included in the study are the motivating and inhibiting factors that influence student online participation. Guided by an informal learning model and the literature relating to online participation and sense of community, this exploratory study generates its findings from questionnaires, individual interviews and online postings. The results show that Google Sites created an avenue for the students to share a range of self-developed teaching resources and ideas. Facebook is a more interactive platform through which the participants seek peer support, exchange teaching ideas, and engage in discussions on a variety of topics. Structure and control provided by Google Sites and immediacy and interactivity afforded by Facebook become complementary to each other.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherASCILITE. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html-
dc.relation.ispartofAustralasian Journal of Educational Technology-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleExploring university students’ use of technologies beyond the formal learning context: A tale of two online platforms-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailTavares, NJ: tavaresn@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityTavares, NJ=rp00960-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros246317-
dc.identifier.volume31-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage313-
dc.identifier.epage327-
dc.publisher.placeAustralia-

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