Social networking the problem-based Learning process

Siobhan Drohan, Laura Widger

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Abstract

Problem-based Learning (PBL) is an interactive learning process where participants are required to communicate and collaborate with each other to solve a set problem. Social Networking Software (SNS), a very topical phenomenon, has facilitated the communication and collaboration of users who share a common interest regardless of ethnic origin, age or geographical location. The merging of SNS with teaching and learning practises is an evolving area of pedagogical research. The results of an exploratory investigation with the documented group concluded that SNS can support the PBL process. It should be noted as a point of interest that participants received no guidance in relation to how they were to communicate and collaborate but they spontaneously adopted SNS as their primary method of collaborating around the PBL process outside of the tutorials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIMSCI 2008 - 2nd International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings
PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS
Pages47-51
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1934272485, 9781934272480
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2nd International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, IMSCI 2008 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 29 Jun 200802 Jul 2008

Publication series

NameIMSCI 2008 - 2nd International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings
Volume3

Conference

Conference2nd International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, IMSCI 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period29/06/200802/07/2008

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Problem-based Learning
  • Social networking software
  • Web 2.0

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