Social media for student learning: enhancing the student experience and promoting deep learning

Love, L., Ahmed, S. and Honeychurch, S. (2013) Social media for student learning: enhancing the student experience and promoting deep learning. In: Enhancement and Innovation in Education, Glasgow, UK, 11-13 Jun 2013,

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Abstract

Traditional Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) was introduced as a retention-motivated initiative in the College of Science and Engineering 5 years ago. Despite a high level of interest from students, there were several practical barriers that prevented many students from attending these sessions. As an alternative, an online space for Virtual Peer Assisted Learning (VPAL) was trialled. VPAL was found to have not only all the benefits of traditional PAL but also more that had not been anticipated. In this paper we will discuss the practicalities involved and the design choices that had to be made. We will also showcase some anonymised examples of academic and social dialogue between peers and outline some of the unexpected advantages of using VPAL over traditional PAL.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Social Media, PAL, Peer Assisted Learning, Facebook
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ahmed, Mrs Shazia and Honeychurch, Ms Sarah and Love, Dr Lorna
Authors: Love, L., Ahmed, S., and Honeychurch, S.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the authors

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