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How can user interaction in Facebook support eLearning?

 

We have all found illuminating information among     Facebook posts when least expected and connected with people that are surprisingly stimulating and involved in similar activities to our own. Facebook is mainly used for entertainment but it can also be used for other purposes, for example it can facilitate learning processes and assist in building e-learning communities.

 

 

Some of the potential benefits from generating e-learning student to student interaction via Facebook could be:

-Students easily and quickly communicate in public or in private groups from any device and location.
-Students build social connections and gain more from their learning experience, they find people who share the shame interests and want to learn about the same topics.
-Sharing among students can offer them extra material and support during their activities. For example, they can exchange assignments, case studies, research documents etc.
-Facebook provides the perfect environment for students to answer each other’s questions and offer solutions to problems exactly the moment that they arise.
-Students can get a broader picture about what they are learning due to the input they can get from people across the globe.


Concerns
There is no doubt that e-learning providers should be careful about how their learners use Facebook and set boundaries and rules to avoid and stop any disturbing or dangerous behaviours. Also, they should be prepared to address potential dissatisfactions, truthful or not, and proactively support positive engagement within their Facebook communities.

Author
Katerina Kalamara
eLearning Business Associate
Jenison Ltd

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