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A Social Networking Approach to Integrated Communication in OLEs

Suleman, Hussein (2010) A Social Networking Approach to Integrated Communication in OLEs. In Proceedings South African Computer Lecturers' Association (SACLA) 2010, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Online Learning Environments (OLEs) provide learners and facilitators with an ever-increasing collection of tools for group collaboration and communication. This unfortunately also means an ever-increasing number of information sources to track and manage. This papers describes an attempt to integrate both synchronous (chat) and asynchronous (forum) communication systems in an OLE. An experimental system was designed to look and function like a social networking system that gives users a constant stream of notifications of new activity. It was expected that advanced users, such as Computer Science students, would feel more comfortable when using such a system. Feedback from users indicates that some users do indeed accept the new approach readily and most users are able to identify with the social networking approach taken in the system.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:K Computing Milieux: K.3 COMPUTERS AND EDUCATION
ID Code:612
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:08 June 2010