A Social Networking Approach to Integrated Communication in OLEs

Suleman, Hussein (2010) A Social Networking Approach to Integrated Communication in OLEs, Proceedings of South African Computer Lecturers' Association (SACLA) 2010, 3-5 June 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.

Item Type: Conference paper
Subjects: Social and professional topics > Professional topics > Computing education
Human-centered computing
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:34
URI: http://pubs.cs.uct.ac.za/id/eprint/612

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