Title

Investigating Instructional Strategies for Using Social Media in Formal and Informal Learning

Authors

Authors

B. Y. Chen;T. Bryer

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Int. Rev. Res. Open Distance Learn.

Keywords

Social media; qualitative study; public administration; instructional; strategy; formal learning; informal learning; social networking; FACEBOOK; Education & Educational Research

Abstract

Despite the high popularity of personal use of online social media, a low percentage of students and instructors use them for educational purposes. This qualitative study explores the use of social media among faculty in the discipline of public administration in the United States. Eight instructors participated in telephone interviews about their experiences and perceptions of using social media for teaching and learning. Instructors perceive that informal learning using social media could be facilitated by instructors and integrated into formal learning environments for enriched discussions, increased engagement, and broad connections. This study provides qualitative empirical support for social learning theories while offering strategies for and examples of how social media can be used to connect formal and informal learning.

Journal Title

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Volume

13

Issue/Number

1

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

87

Last Page

104

WOS Identifier

WOS:000307218700007

ISSN

1492-3831

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