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International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments (16 papers in press)


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  • A Literature Review of Designing Flipped Classroom to Engage Students   Order a copy of this article
    by Linh Nguyen, Qiyun Wang 
    Abstract: The purpose of this article is to review the recent studies about using flipped classroom to engage students and propose a flipped classroom model which actively engages students in learning. Some five year recent articles have been reviewed to critique, compare, and summarise previous investigations about flipped classroom in order to propose the effective flipped classroom model to engage students. The proposed model based on principles, recommendations and suggestions from prior studies as guidelines for designing flipped classroom. The aims of proposed model are to maximize the advantages and overcome some challenges of flipped classroom to become an effective flipped classroom model to promote student engagement.
    Keywords: flipped classroom; designing flipped classroom; flipped classroom model; student engagement; active learning; interactive learning environments.

  • The Research on Programming Education in Elementary Schools from Five Countries   Order a copy of this article
    by Yuhe Tian, Jiayi Xiao, Jinjin Jiang, Hongyan Wang, Yuan Yuan 
    Abstract: The purpose of this article is to review current developments focusing on the use of programming education in primary and secondary schools in various countries. The aim of the review is not only to introduce the different types of individual countries in promoting programming education, but also to help governments, enterprises, educational practitioners and researchers to understand the current developments of the programming education and to provide a reference for promoting programming education. The review is organized into four parts that cover different aspects of current research: (a) governments attention, (b) enterprises support, (c) colleges and universities assistance; and (d) implementation in primary and secondary schools. We summarized four findings:(a) governments attention is the foundation of developing programming education effectively, (b) the enterprises can make people touch and understand the programming education more easily, (c) colleges and universities play their roles in connecting schools and programming education, and (d) the schools are like bricks in the whole programming education development framework. The overall conclusions suggest that the governments, enterprises, colleges and universities and schools work together to promote programming education.
    Keywords: programming education; review; enterprises.

  • A Review of Social Media in Education: Effects and Attitudes   Order a copy of this article
    by Ning Zu, Zhen Chen, Zhichen Duan, Li Li, Meng Zhou 
    Abstract: The purpose of this article is to review previous studies focusing on the use of social media by teachers, students and educational researchers. The aim of the review on the current research studies is to find out what has been done with the use of social media for learning purposes, discuss their practical applications and discover its educational values. The emphasis of this review will be upon empirical findings rather than theoretical explanations. This review is organized into three sections that cover the major topics of current research: (a) applications of social media in education (e.g., methods applied in various researches, the findings of different empirical researches); (b) the effects of using social media (e.g., positive impacts of social media, negative impacts of social media); and (c) peoples attitudes towards social media (e.g., students' perceptions of social media use in learning, faculty attitudes towards social media for teaching). The overall conclusion suggests that the social media may have the potential to improve learning. But there may be more positive effects if the social media tools are combined with the real interaction in class.
    Keywords: Social Media; Empirical research; Review.

  • A Literature Review on Learning Analytics   Order a copy of this article
    by ShiJie Lei, Ya Ru Wang, Hong Wang, Ding Hui Sun, Yuan Guang Cao, Zhong Zheng 
    Abstract: Learning Analytics (LA), through the collection and analysis of the relevant data of students to assess, predict, and optimize teaching and learning, provides a reliable technical support for the implementation of individualized-teaching. The purpose of this article is to review currently published research studies focusing on learning Analytics. This review focuses on the theoretical and practical studies of LA. We summarize the accumulated state of knowledge concerning LA :(a) theoretical frameworks and models of LA;(b) practical research including the data collection dimension of LA, tools and methods for data mining and analysis, and the relationship between the learners data and outcomes (c) the current application status of LA. The conclusions overall suggest that LA has potential to realize individualized teaching and learning. However, it also encounters some challenges.
    Keywords: learning analytics; framework; data mining.

  • Teaching with Tech: Supplemental Journalism Instruction Using YouTube for the Millennial Generation   Order a copy of this article
    by Kevin Hull, Alex Luchsinger 
    Abstract: This exploratory study examines how journalism students use online instructional videos to learn skills needed to create successful broadcast stories. Students from an introductory reporting class were provided three videos demonstrating video editing skills. Approximately two months later, survey results found that the vast majority of the students had a positive impression of the videos. Further results demonstrate that while students enjoyed the videos, they did not view them as a replacement for face-to-face instruction.
    Keywords: YouTube; e-learning; education; Cognitive Multimedia Learning Theory.

  • Teachers\' Beliefs about Using Technology to Enhance The Learning Process of At-Risk-Students   Order a copy of this article
    by Paulo Moekotte, Saskia Brand-Gruwel, Henk Ritzen 
    Abstract: In this case study we explore the beliefs of teachers (AKA teachers) who work with at risk students and consider using social media in their learning environment. We interviewed and observed a group of teachers who, as a project team, explored social media use in order to develop their practical knowledge and make informed decisions. We used a two-phased exploratory sequential design, combining qualitative and quantitative instruments to explore how and why AKA teachers consider and approach social media use. The teachers beliefs were challenged and changed by the encounter with lived, practical examples of social-media use in education. This is consistent with other research. Quantitative data indicate that teacher beliefs are also strongly influenced by the opinions of team managers and the practices of colleagues. What is most remarkable about these external influences is that these opinions have not been explicitly expressed and these practices have not been explicitly witnessed.
    Keywords: social media; teacher beliefs; at-risk students; teaching strategy.

  • The effects of peer feedback on ESL writing revision among university students in China   Order a copy of this article
    Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of peer feedback on acceptance and revision in English as second language (ESL) writing. We investigated the relationship between the types of students feedback, its acceptance by the receiver, and its use for the revision of students writings in the University of Mainland China. Structural equation model was used to analyze the relationship. The key findings included that the revision feedback and analysis feedback were easier to be accepted by students compared with other types of feedback, but only revision feedback was adopted by the students. It showed a significant relationship between the acceptance of feedback and the utilization of this feedback.
    Keywords: peer assessment; peer feedback; online writing.

  • The Adolescent Bricoleur: Constructing Identities Through Social Networking Sites   Order a copy of this article
    by Janette Hughes, Anne Burke, Laura Morrison 
    Abstract: Adolescents are at a stage in life where their sense-of-self and identity are evolving. With increasing access to ever-more advanced technologies, it is important to explore the implications for the adolescents who use them. This research aimed to examine the construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of adolescent identities through an exploration of the design choices and social practices of elementary students on two social networking sites. Using a mixed-method research approach of qualitative case study analysis and quantitative surveying, we investigated the relationship between a multiliteracies pedagogy and the development of adolescent digital literacies and identity. Findings from the research indicate that social networking sites provide youth a platform in which to explore their identity. With such features as status updates, video/photo uploads, discussion threads, and the like and comments functions, these sites facilitated social interaction and identity performance amongst the students during class time and after-school. To maximize the academic and social affordances, however, it is necessary to build in lessons and/or scaffolding to encourage thoughtful and genuine online interaction.
    Keywords: social media; social presence; multiliteracies; adolescent bricoleur; constructing identities; digital literacies; Ning; Edmodo; pedagogy; mobile devices; social practices.

  • Impact of Personality on Facebook Usage: Special Reference to Young Sri Lankan Users   Order a copy of this article
    by Tharaka Wijesundara, Xixiang Sun 
    Abstract: Personality of Facebook users can be identified as the leading factor in the way they behave in the Facebook context. Current study examines the impact of personality traits on Facebook usage by considering it as features usage (status updates, comments, wall post, private messages, chat, groups and applications) and as general usage (time spends in Facebook site). This research is based on primary data collected through a self-administered questionnaire, administered to a sample of 182 undergraduates in Sri Lanka. Findings revealed that there is a significant impact of personality traits on Facebook feature usage as well as general usage. Further, we found differences between personality traits for both Facebook features usage and general Facebook usage. Findings will contribute to social media literature by identifying feature usage and general usage separately and help marketers to develop Facebook campaigns by considering consumers personality traits. Effects of cultural motives, values and beliefs of the groups were recognized as areas for further research.
    Keywords: Facebook; Personality Social media; Specific features.

  • An Analysis of Foul Language Usage in Social Media Text Conversation   Order a copy of this article
    by Kailas Patil, Sumit Kawate 
    Abstract: The use of social media is the most common trend among the activities of todays people. Social networking sites offer todays teenagers a platform for communication and entertainment. They use social media to collect more information from their friends and followers. The vastness of social media sites ensures that not all of them provide a decent environment for children. In such cases, the impact of the negative influences of social media on teenage users increases with an increase in the use of offensive language in social conversations. This increase could lead to frustration, depression and a large change in their behaviour. Hence, we propose a novel approach to classifying bad language usage in text conversations. We have considered the English and Marathi languages as the medium for textual conversation. We have developed our system based on a foul language classification approach; it is based on an improved version of a decision tree that detects offensive language usage in a conversation. As per our evaluation, we found that teenage user conversation is not decent all the time. We trained 3651 observations for six context categories using a Na
    Keywords: Children Behavior; Context Detection; Cyber bullying; Decision Tree; Depression; Educators; Emotion Detection; Foul Language; Hashing; Issues and concerns with social media; Interactive Learning; Naïve Bayes; Offensive Language; Sentiment Analysis; Teenage Users; Trench; Social Media.

  • The Use of Social Media for Teaching and Learning in Recent Years   Order a copy of this article
    by Syafiqah Ryaihanny Sahrom 
    Abstract: Social media applications have shown its potential in enhancing teaching and learning in the educational field. Hence, the objective of this paper is to review 30 published articles to find out how social media has been used in recent years, dated from 2014 to 2017. This paper focused on three social media applications: Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Positive and negative outcomes of these three social media applications for teaching and learning were identified. Measures to be taken by teachers and school leaders when incorporating these social media applications were then discussed.
    Keywords: Facebook; Twitter; WhatsApp; Learning; Education.

  • Active User or Lurker? A Phenomenological Investigation of Graduate Students in Social Media Spaces   Order a copy of this article
    by Enilda Romero-Hall 
    Abstract: This phenomenological study describes instructional design (ID) graduate students perceptions of their programs social media spaces. Ten graduate students were recruited for participation in this investigation. Data sources included individual interviews. The researcher conducted a phenomenological data analysis seeking to grasp and elucidate the meaning, structure, and essence of the graduate students participation in the social media spaces. In summary, the results of this investigation show that graduate students access resources from each other, feel as part of a community, enjoy reading others views and perspectives about the field, and experience moments of informal learning while participating in the social media spaces of their graduate programs. However, graduate students also have concerns regarding these social media spaces impact on privacy, time management, and distraction.
    Keywords: Informal Learning; Social Media; Graduate Students; Virtual Communities; Networking; Instructional Design; Graduate Education; Higher Education.

  • Effects of Forum-based Online Peer Assessment on Students Academic Performance   Order a copy of this article
    by Yu Zhang, Pingxiu Niu, Lu Cui, Fengling Zhou, Wenjun Zhao 
    Abstract: As one of formative assessment strategies, peer assessment has become a hot topic in the instructional evaluation field. This research designed the peer assessment (PA) rule based on instructional objectives so that students could use it to evaluate others works explicitly, and apply the PA strategy in the course of Educational Technology Research Methods in Central China Normal University. An Experimental study was conducted to compare the impact of traditional teachers evaluation and the network forum PA on students outcomes. Finally, a questionnaire and an interview were designed to investigate students perceptions of PA in the experimental group. The results showed that online PA could improve students academic performance and also reduce or increase cognitive load, and students keep a positive attitude toward forum-based assessment.
    Keywords: Network forum; Peer assessment; Formative assessment.

  • A Review of Blended Synchronous Learning   Order a copy of this article
    by Wan Yu Ho 
    Abstract: This paper reviews the main benefits and challenges teachers, students and institutes may face while using blended synchronous learning and some possible strategies to overcome them. This paper also looks at the main factors to consider for designing effective blended synchronous learning. For example: having common display across all users, choosing a suitable platform and features, modes of blended synchronous learning. Strategies like: enhancing students and teachers E-learning competence, explaining the structure of the course to students, teachers preparation and delivery of lessons and support from various parties, can be used to effectively carry out blended synchronous learning.
    Keywords: Blended synchronous learning; blended learning; benefits of blended synchronous learning; challenges of blended synchronous learning; effective blended synchronous learning.

  • Investigating the Effect of Coopetition Designs on Students Perceived Social Support in Collaborative Learning   Order a copy of this article
    by Xinghua Wang, Qiyun Wang 
    Abstract: Social support is often related to successful problem-solving and enhanced achievement. However, limited research on it has been conducted in collaborative learning settings, where research attention has been primarily placed on sophisticated technologies and cognitive domains. Considering existing problems in collaborative learning, including low levels of individual accountability and free rider issues, and the importance of social support and coopetition for collaborative learning, this study investigated the effect of coopetition designs on the development of social support in collaborative learning. A quasi-experiment was conducted in the naturalistic learning setting to explore effects of zero-sum coopetition, social-comparison coopetition, and the collaboration-only design on three subscales of social support (emotional, esteem, and informational social supports). The findings indicated that the two coopetition designs surpassed the collaboration-only design in strengthening social support and academic performance. Social-comparison coopetition further outperformed zero-sum coopetition.
    Keywords: social support; coopetition; collaborative learning; competitive learning.

  • Factors Affecting Students Satisfaction in Blended Learning: The study of the cloud classroom platform   Order a copy of this article
    by ZHOU YING 
    Abstract: With the advent of the digital age, information technology has been widely applied in the field of education. It makes the teacher changed the traditional teaching media environment of blackboard and chalk into the multimedia classroom, e-learning, online courses; mooc platform and other blended learning modes. As blended learning has become an important practice in universities and colleges all over the world, it has also led to growing concern about its design and application. The cloud classroom platform is a learning management system developed by Central China Normal University. This study investigates the factors affecting students satisfaction in blended environment. Analysis of the questionnaires from students in 29 departments shows that there is a high satisfaction rate from the students, and most students like the blended learning environment. The result also shows that students satisfaction is closely related to e-learning adaptability, perceived usefulness, and timely responses from the teachers, perceived ease of use and course applicability.
    Keywords: Blended learning; Students’ satisfaction; Factors affecting.