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Journal Cover International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 2050-3954 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3962
   Published by Inderscience Publishers Homepage  [429 journals]
  • The research on programming education in elementary schools from five
    • Authors: Yuhe Tian, Jiayi Xiao, Jinjin Jiang, Hongyan Wang, Yuan Yuan
      Pages: 181 - 190
      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 organised 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 summarised 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: computer; development situation; elementary schools; enterprises; programming education; 'rainbow' model; review
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017) pp. 181 - 190
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.087946
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017)
  • A review of social media in education: effects and attitudes
    • Authors: Ning Zu, Zhen Chen, Zhichen Duan, Li Li, Zhou Meng
      Pages: 191 - 200
      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 organised into three sections that cover the major topics of current research: (a) applications of social media in education (e.g. methods applied in various research studies and the findings of different empirical research studies); (b) the effects of using social media (e.g. positive impacts of social media and negative impacts of social media) and (c) people's attitudes towards social media (e.g. students' perceptions of social media use in learning and 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: empirical research; review; social media
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017) pp. 191 - 200
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.087947
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017)
  • A literature review on learning analytics
    • Authors: Shi Jie Lei, Ya Ru Wang, Hong Wang, Ding Hui Sun, Yuan Guang Cao, Zhong Zheng
      Pages: 201 - 213
      Abstract: Learning analytics (LA), through the collection and analysis of the relevant data of students to assess, predict and optimise teaching and learning, provides a reliable technical support for the implementation of individualised 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 summarise the hitherto 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 and (c) the current application status of LA. The conclusion overall suggests that LA has potential to realise individualised teaching and learning. However, it also encounters some challenges.
      Keywords: data mining; framework; learning analytics
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017) pp. 201 - 213
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.087954
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017)
  • The effects of peer feedback on ESL writing revision among university
           students in China
    • Authors: Zhiqiang Ma, Jing Wang, Qinqin Long, Lili Kong
      Pages: 214 - 226
      Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of peer feedback on acceptance and revision in English as second language 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 analyse 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 utilisation of this feedback.
      Keywords: online writing; peer assessment; peer feedback
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017) pp. 214 - 226
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.087960
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017)
  • Analysis of foul language usage in social media text conversation
    • Authors: Sumit Kawate, Kailas Patil
      Pages: 227 - 251
      Abstract: The use of social media is the most common trend among the activities of today's people. Social networking sites offer today's 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 classify 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 Naïve Bayes algorithm for context detection. Then, the system classifies the use of foul language in one of the trained context in the text conversation. In our testbed, we observed 38% of participants used foul language during their text conversation. Hence, our proposed approach can identify the impact of foul language in text conversations using a classification technique and emotion detection to identify the foul language usage.
      Keywords: children behaviour; context detection; cyber bullying; decision tree; depression; educators; emotion detection; foul language; hashing; interactive learning; issues and concerns with social media; naïve bayes; offensive language; sentiment analy
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017) pp. 227 - 251
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.087976
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017)
  • The use of social media for teaching and learning in recent years
    • Authors: Sumit Kawate, Kailas Patil
      Pages: 252 - 268
      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. They were commonly used as a communication tool, sharing of materials as well as a platform for discussion. Measures to be taken by teachers and school leaders when incorporating these social media applications were then discussed.
      Keywords: education; Facebook; learning; Twitter; WhatsApp
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017) pp. 252 - 268
      PubDate: 2017-11-13T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.087985
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 3 (2017)
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