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Type: Conference paper
Title: Using social media to enhance the first year experience
Author: McCarthy, Joshua Andrew Reid
Citation: Same places, different spaces. Proceedings ascilite Auckland 2009. 26th Annual ascilite International Conference, Auckland, 6-9 December 2009 / R. J. Atkinson and C. McBeath (eds): pp. 1202-1205
Publisher: The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, and Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite)
Issue Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781877314810
Conference Name: Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (26th : 2009 : Auckland, New Zealand)
School/Discipline: School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design
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Joshua McCarthy
Abstract: This study explores blending virtual and physical learning environments to enhance the experience of first year by immersing students into university culture through social and academic interaction between peers. It reports on the progress made from 2008 to 2009 using an existing academic platform, the first year design elective course Imaging Our World, at the University of Adelaide. Over one semester, 120 design students engaged with their peers through an online forum within the host site Facebook, in addition to the traditional teaching mechanisms of lectures and tutorials. Students were required to submit work online to Facebook and provide critiques of peers’ submissions. Resulting discussions were then transferred into the physical classroom with the aim of building meaningful relationships between peers based on the embryonic online connections. The evaluation process involved pre and post semester questionnaires, weekly feedback from students and project-specific reflections at the completion of the semester.
Rights: Copyright © 2009 Joshua McCarthy
RMID: 0020096893
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