Sociotechnical mediation in learning communities: Twitter in distance learning

Proceeding at « Twitter and Microblogging: Political, Professional and Personal Practices », Lancaster University, 10-12 April 2013, Lancaster, UK.

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Abstract :

Our proposed article highlights the potential of educational micro-blogging as a mediation system to support the process of distance learning. Noting that networking practices have invested heavily classrooms today, we postulate that this dynamic can be used to good effect to mobilize the active participation of learners and increasing their motivation. If social ties happening during training play a vital role in the learning process, Twitter is a device that is well suited to this paradigm shift by creating rich interactions from a singular model of communication.

A participant observation, conducted as part tutoral with level II students, is to place the learner at the heart of a pedagogical device allowing it to interact with peers and with the tutor during the course or off training time. In our research, immersion combined with playful community dynamics of social networks is a fruitful heuristic for individualized training pathways and suggest ways less academic promote informal learning.

After a review of the literature on educational potential of micro-blogging as in some leading universities, we describe our own use of Twitter in distance education and classroom training. If in our industrialization process of training the prerogatives of the tutor are evolving, social mediation is nonetheless essential because the use of information technology and communication education should not supplant the pedagogical. This mediation is a multimodal communication between tutor and learners based mainly on a LMS platform and blog dedicated using both the Twitter widget that displays the latest feeds. In this way, Twitter allows to effectively link teaching resources and users always ʺon lineʺ in a narrative style that is more akin to the domestic sphere of students.

But to win the adhesion of the largest number, so it is essential to get into the flow of our students practice, using their own socio-technical devices and finally to establish a lasting relationship without cleavage between academic and domestic practices : the interactions that are established during a confcall can also be extended outside training time in the private sphere. The tutor finally becomes a ʺfacilitatorʺ who will guide the community of learners to enable easier access to learning materials and to distinguish the relevant knowledge by acquiring good reflexes in information monitoring.

Our experiment shows, in the light of socio-constructivist theories, sharing and dissemination of information, through the use of Twitter, creating new collaborative methods and develop a culture of participation in communities of learners, like review groups in particular.

 

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Xavier INGHILTERRA

Docteur qualifié en Sciences de l'Information & de la Communication • Chargé de Recherche chez ICADEMIE • Chercheur affilié au laboratoire I3M

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