SOCIAL NETWORKS AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

Gianluca Aloisi, Mauro Scana

Abstract


Contemporary digital communications are contributing increasingly to students’ learning results on every level of education. The newest technologies encourage scholars’ dynamic commitment, teamwork, and contribution in class activities, enables collaborative teamwork, and encourages knowledge distribution among teachers and scholars. Understanding the organizational structure and functionality in social networks helps students to achieve better and faster results. Faculty members become trainers, observing and providing response to scholars rather than guiding activities. Even if social networks may become interference in a teaching environment, our conclusions recommend that effective social networking in learning\teaching environments contribute actively and decisively on achieving quality education and skills-development.

 

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digital communications, social networks, collaborative learning, quality education

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