Online Learning Networks in Higher Education: A Case Study of the Brock Learning Network
Camille Rutherford, Candace Figg, Brock University, Canada
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
A Drupal 6.0 toolkit was used to create an online social network for a Faculty of Education in order to facilitate interaction and communication between the faculty, staff, and students. In addition to fostering these relationships, the network was designed to foster inter-institutional connections by strengthening the faculty’s rapport with the surrounding teacher community that supports the institution’s mission. Data sources included results from a survey designed to measure student engagement, and statistical data in the form of frequency of visits, number of unique visitors, and length of time on the site. In addition, content analyses of posts and comments were conducted. Findings indicated that the use of the social network promoted professional dialog and the reduction of isolation. Survey results indicated a positive correlation between students who noted that they use the network often or very often and engagement in the program.
Rutherford, C. & Figg, C. (2010). Online Learning Networks in Higher Education: A Case Study of the Brock Learning Network. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2267-2274). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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