Establishing a Sense of Community, Interaction, and Knowledge Exchange Among Students

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Abstract

In this chapter, we share experiences from a project at Aalborg University (AAU), in which the authors designed a course using Google+ Communities for the first semester of the Communication and Digital Media programme. The main pedagogical idea was to use Google+ Communities to foster both an academic and social sense of community among the students, through encouraging interaction and knowledge exchange. Studies show that students prefer to use Facebook for academic and social purposes. Consequently, teachers have limited insight into the academic challenges facing students, which is problematic when trying to create and support an academic community. Moreover, it is problematic that the institutional system Moodle primarily is used by the teachers to push information in the direction of the students. Thus, we wanted to design a third space that would fit in-between Facebook and Moodle, and which would allow the students to experience the benefits of participating in an online community with fellow students and teachers. The study shows that teachers are crucial in developing and maintaining the online community. Nevertheless, there was also evidence that some of the online activities encouraged students to interact and exchange knowledge which fostered a sense of community.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelThe Digital Turn in Higher Education
RedaktørerDavid Kergel, Birte Heidkamp, Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus, Tadeusz Rachwal, Samuel Nowakowski
Antal sider18
UdgivelsesstedWiesbaden
ForlagSpringer
Publikationsdato27 okt. 2017
Sider143-160
Kapitel11
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-658-19924-1
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-658-19925-8
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 27 okt. 2017

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