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Title: Facing off: Facebook and Higher Education
Contributor(s): Bateman, Debra (author); Willems, Julie (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1108/S2044-9968(2012)0000005007
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Abstract: A social and cultural expectation that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) should be ubiquitous within peoples' daily lives is apparent. Connecting generational groups with a specific set of technological attributes also assumes the ways that particular groups of students should be able/do "naturally" use emergent mobile and social technologies. Moreover, the use of social networking technologies is evident in a number of ways within higher education (HE) pedagogies. As part of the suite of possibilities in Web 2.0, Facebook is used in a number of ways to support communications within and between institutions and their students as well as a mechanism for teaching and learning within specific units of study. The chapter commences with a broad discussion about social sharing software of Web 2.0, specifically Facebook, as a potential teaching and learning tool in HE contexts. We traverse recent exemplars and discourses surrounding the use of social technologies for the purposes of HE. It is clear from the literature that while there is much excitement at the possibilities that such technologies offer, there are increasing anxieties across institutional and individual practitioners, in regard to possible consequences of their use.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Misbehavior Online in Higher Education, p. 53-79
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of Publication: Bingley, United Kingdom
ISBN: 1780524560
Field of Research (FOR): 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education
Series Number : 5
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