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Using Social Networking to Enhance Sense of Community in E-Learning Courses

Using Social Networking to Enhance Sense of Community in E-Learning Courses
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Author(s): Steve Chi-Yin Yuen (The University of Southern Mississippi, USA) and Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York at Oswego, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 24
Source title: Collective Intelligence and E-Learning 2.0: Implications of Web-Based Communities and Networking
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Harrison Hao Yang (State University of New York, USA) and Steve Chi-Yin Yuen (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-729-4.ch016

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview and development of sense of community and social networking; discusses the potential uses of social networking in education; and presents a case study that integrates social networking into two graduate courses for the purpose of building a sense of community, improving communications and interactions, and promoting student-centered collaboration. The construction of class social networking sites, the implementation of these networks, and their effects on the students’ learning experience are examined. In addition, an analysis of feedback from students on the value of social networking in learning is included.

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