Educational use of social network sites: Are social media putting the ‘social’ in learning for international students?

ID: 48473 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Jade Sleeman, La Trobe University, Australia

Tuesday, June 28 10:00-10:30 AM Location: Junior Ballroom B

Presider: Douglass Scott, Waseda University, Japan

Abstract: Social network sites are growing in popularity for personal communication. These sites are also increasingly used in educational contexts. One of the reasons for this is that they are promoted as facilitating social learning conditions (Joosten 2012). As the boundaries between formal and informal learning contexts blur through the use of social media platforms (Greenhow & Lewin 2015), it is possible that their use could have an impact on the social connections that students make. This may have benefits for learners who are experiencing isolation and/or social adjustment, such as international students. This paper describes the impetus for a research study that looks at the possibilities for educational use of social network sites to benefit international students’ personal and academic adjustment.

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