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ID : 484
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Title : Investigating the role of language in knowledge building using social media
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract : The potential of social media as a teaching and learning tool is increasingly being recognized by educators. A rationale for using social media is that it can transform teaching and learning and promote learner interaction and collaboration. However, currently there is limited understanding of how social media can be effectively utilized in formal educational settings. The aim of this study is to examine the use of language in social media communication in the Malaysian higher education context through a process-oriented perspective. More specifically, it aims to investigate how group discussions using social media contribute to knowledge building. In this study, 15 university students were asked to write a summary in English based on a given task. Prior to this, they were given an article to read and discuss in groups using their chosen social media platform. Students’ online group discussions were thematically analyzed in order to examine how they organized their interaction in completing the given task. The findings provide some insights into the processes of communication and collective knowledge building through social media technologies and have implications on instructional task design.
Keywords : social media, knowledge building
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
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Main presenter : Azlin Zaiti Zainal
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Affiliation : University of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
Email address : azlinzainal@um.edu.my
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Date added : Thursday, 2 May 2019, 10:20 AM
Date modified : Thursday, 2 May 2019, 10:25 AM
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 326-P
Schedule day : Aug 10th (Sat)
Schedule time : 12: 30 - 12: 55
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
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