How Social-Media Enhanced Learning Platforms Support Students in Taking Responsibility for Their Own Learning

Lisbet Pals Svendsen, Margrethe Mondahl

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    Purpose – The paper is based on the chapter “How Social Media Enhanced Learning Platforms Challenge and Motivate Students to Take Charge of Their Own Learning Processes – A Few Examples” from the publication Increasing Student Engagement and Retention using Social Technologies: Facebook, e-Portfolios and other Social Networking Services and on the authors’ research on ICT and social media enhanced learning in the foreign language/intercultural learning high school and university environment.
    Design/methodology/approach – The paper discusses learning in general and didactic practices in the two sectors and how social media enhanced learning platforms challenge and motivate students in their learning processes.
    Findings – The paper provides examples from didactic experiments carried out at the Copenhagen Business School and in Danish high schools. The authors focus on the changing role of teachers from the traditional role of (almost) full teacher responsibility for classroom action to a coaching and facilitating role where students assume increasing responsibility for their learning and for classroom activities. The paper also discusses the transfer and application of experiences made on the basis of changing didactic practices and views the positive and less positive experiences.
    Originality/value – The paper shares work-in-progress experience in regard to the growing body of knowledge about the use of ICT in the twenty-first century classroom.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)261 - 272
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventExploring Spaces for Learning 2013: International HETL Conference - Orlando, Florida, United States
    Duration: 13 Jan 201315 Jan 2013


    ConferenceExploring Spaces for Learning 2013
    CountryUnited States
    CityOrlando, Florida
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