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.


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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Un monde en tout petit ? Twitter & le microblogging • Journée d’études I3m / Saint Martin Vésubie


A l’origine de la publication chez l’Harmattan, une journée d’étude avait été organisée à St Martin Vésubie (Alpes Maritimes) à l’été 2012 par Nicolas Pélissier, Alexandre Eyries et Gabriel Gallezot.

Programme :

1ère session : Usages socio-professionnels de Twitter

    • (Discutants : Louise Merzeau et Marc Mentré)
  • 9h30 : Tweet et sciences : la recherche académique à l’épreuve de Twitter (Gabriel Gallezot)
  • 10h : Médiation sociotechnique au sein de communautés d’apprentissage : l’usage de Twitter en formation à distance (Xavier Inghilterra)
  • 10h30 : Twitter : questionnement sur les usages par les professionnels de la communication (Frédéric Ely, Franck Debos, Daphné Duvernay)
  • 11h : Twitter, un nouveau lieu de légitimation des leaders politiques ? (Alexandre Eyries et Anne-Hélène Ubertini)

2ème session : Twitter, marges et périphéries:

    • (Discutants : Jean-Marie Charon-CEMS et Jean-Claude Domenget)
  • 11h30 : Twitter et la « curation » de contenus : nouvelles pratiques, nouveaux usages : (Vincent Lambert et Vanessa Landaverde)
  • 12h : Twitter comme nouvelle source des journalistes ou nouveau média concurrent ? (Nicolas Pélissier et Mamadou Diallo)
  • 12h30 : No Lebanon, no Tweet (Jacques Araszkiewiez, Emmanuel Marty)

3ème session : Twitter à la croisée des Medias et Cultural Studies

  • 14h-16h : table ronde avec Louise Merzeau (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense-TACTIC), Jean-Marie Charon (CNRS/EHESS-CEMS), Marc Mentré (Ecole des Métiers de l’Information) et Jean-Claude Domenget (IUT SRC Montbéliard-LASELDI).
  • 16h-17h : Echanges et réactions après la table ronde
  • 17h30 : Clôture de la journée d’études et remerciements aux participants.

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