Title: A literature review on the use of microblogs in the education of mainland China

Authors: Xinghua Wang

Addresses: Department of Education, Shandong Normal University, No. 88, East Wenhua Road, Jinan City 250014, Shandong Province, China

Abstract: Research on the use of microblogs in education in mainland China is relatively a new field of study. Drawing on literature published during the period between September 2006 and September 2012, I review existing research studies about microblog's application in the education in China. This literature review is organised into three topics: the settings in which research on microblog's use was carried out, effects of microblogs on learners' outcomes, and factors affecting the use of microblogs. The review shows that most of research studies were exploratory and done in higher education settings with only a small number being empirical, and that the disciplines in which research was conducted mainly fell into the category of humanities. The use of microblogs had a positive effect on students' outcomes. Students' use of microblogs was influenced by three key factors: microblog literacy, microblog usability and pedagogical issues. Some limitations of these studies were discussed. In the end, I conclude by offering recommendations for future research regarding the use of microblogs in education.

Keywords: literature review; research; microblogs; blogs; higher education; China; social media; Web 2.0; microblog literacy; usability; pedagogy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2013.055730

International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 2013 Vol.1 No.3, pp.287 - 303

Received: 04 Oct 2012
Accepted: 16 Oct 2012

Published online: 28 Feb 2014 *

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