The Mutual Shaping of Social Media, Learning Experiences, and Literacies: The Methods Revisited

Machin-Mastromatteo, Juan-Daniel The Mutual Shaping of Social Media, Learning Experiences, and Literacies: The Methods Revisited., 2012 . In 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2012), Limerick, Ireland, 22-25 May 2012. (In Press) [Conference paper]

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This paper is a follow up to the paper Studying the Influence (or Mutual Shaping) of Social Networks in a Learning Experience: Methods for a Pilot Study, which was presented in QQML 2011. It summarizes some of the developments that have taken place within this doctoral research after its pilot study, specifically, the methodological refinements done in order to conduct the final study. The aims of this research were to determine some of the challenges and opportunities of using social networks (SN) in a learning experience; how students experience learning when using these tools; to determine if their literacies (information literacy and digital literacy) affect the way they face such a learning experience; and how SN, learning experiences and literacies can mutually shape one another. The method used in this research is participatory action research. With this methodological approach, a series of learning interventions were planned. These were comprised of three physical meetings and different assignments between. The participants of this study were a complete income of an international master course, divided in four teams. All students were actively involved in all the activities and filled the survey and the questionnaires; the participants interviewed were four team leaders, chosen by their own teams. The instruments used for the collection of data were: a diagnostic survey, online and offline forums, students’ reports, questionnaires and semi structured interviews. The method for analyzing data was content analysis and so a framework of categories could be created to provide an order and present the data. A preliminary list of such categories is presented by the end of this paper.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Web 2.0, social networks, social media, higher education, learning, literacies, information literacy, digital literacy, new literacies, redes sociales, educación superior, aprendizaje, alfabetización informacional, alfabetización digital
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
C. Users, literacy and reading.
G. Industry, profession and education.
Depositing user: Juan-Daniel Machin-Mastromatteo
Date deposited: 22 Apr 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:22


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