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Google Educational Apps as a Collaborative Learning Tool among Computer Science Learners

Google Educational Apps as a Collaborative Learning Tool among Computer Science Learners
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Author(s): Vasileios Paliktzoglou (University of Eastern Finland, Finland), Tasos Stylianou (Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece) and Jarkko Suhonen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 25
Source title: Assessing the Role of Mobile Technologies and Distance Learning in Higher Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (University of Oviedo, Spain), Robert D. Tennyson (University of Minnesota, USA) and Miltiadis D. Lytras (American College of Greece, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7316-8.ch012

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to investigate students' engagement using Google Educational Applications as educational social media tools to support teamwork. The participants of the study were a cohort of Computer Science students enrolled in the State-of-Art Technologies in Education (SOAT) online course at the University of Eastern Finland. The data was collected through pre- and post-Google Educational Collaborative Applications experience questionnaires and an interview. Based on the findings, it is evident that social media, and more specifically Google Educational Applications, can support social-constructivist models of pedagogy and that Google Educational Applications (as social media tools) have the potential to play an important role in the future of learning environments. The chapter provides experimental evidence that the use of Google Educational Applications can increase student engagement, and thus, Google Educational Applications can be used as an educational tool to support teamwork.

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