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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  [417 journals]
  • Social media usage and its impact on reading habits: a study of
           Koforidua Polytechnic students
    • Authors: A. Lavanya, Srinivasan Narasimhalu
      Pages: 211 - 222
      Abstract: The study investigates the use of social media by students of Koforidua Polytechnic and its impact on their reading habits. Questionnaire was administered on a sample of the students to gather data and information. Out of a total of 1,050 questionnaires administered, 852 responses were retrieved representing 80.98%. The study revealed that 92.72/ of respondents visit social media sites every day and spent between 30 minutes to three hours, while 66.78% respondents indicated that the use of social media affected their reading habits. In addition, 81.92% of the respondents indicated they had not read novels or fiction within the last two semesters. The study revealed that there is a relationship between time spent on social media and reading habits and that constant use of social media leads to low reading habits. The study recommended that faculty staff should encourage students to spend less time on the social media sites and rather should be encouraged to channel more of their time and energies towards educational purposes.
      Keywords: social networks; tertiary education; reading styles; reading interest; information literacy; social media usage; reading habits; Ghana
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) pp. 211 - 222
      PubDate: 2016-09-29T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2016.079493
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Design for blended synchronous learning using video conferencing: a
           design-based research
    • Authors: Qiyun Wang, Choon Lang Quek
      Pages: 223 - 238
      Abstract: In this study, a blended synchronous learning environment was created for a group of Master's students to take a course. Most of the students came to the classroom to take lessons every week. Meanwhile, few students were allowed to join the classroom instructional process by using video conferencing at homes or workplaces. The purpose of this study was to find out what challenges the remote students and the instructor met in the blended synchronous learning sessions and what strategies could be effectively used to address the challenges. Results showed that the engagement level of the remote students was low, and they had difficulties in communicating with the classroom students and asking questions. Some activities happening in the classroom were also difficult for them to observe and participate. Nevertheless, some students liked the way of attending lessons as it could save them much travel time. Also, it was hard for the instructor to pay attention to the remote students, and the instructor needed to adjust presentation slides so that important information would not be covered by streaming videos. Some useful strategies included partnership, regularly monitoring the understanding of remote students using two cameras and two mics, and sound control and coordination.
      Keywords: blended learning; video conferencing; design-based research; synchronous learning; higher education; masters students; student engagement
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) pp. 223 - 238
      PubDate: 2016-09-29T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2016.079491
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Meeting the challenges of the new business universe through virtual
           collaborative learning
    • Authors: Owen P. Hall <suffix>Jr.</suffix>, Mercedes McBride-Walker
      Pages: 239 - 253
      Abstract: The world of virtual collaborative learning is now becoming the new norm throughout higher education in general, and at schools of business in particular. Under growing pressure from the business universe, business educators are in the process of radically altering the content and delivery of management education. Today, the business community is looking for web-savvy, problem-solving graduates who can immediately contribute upon joining the firm. To meet these and related financial issues, many schools of business are increasingly turning to the web as a vehicle for enhancing student learning opportunities and outcomes. Faculty engagement in this new learning zeitgeist is essential. The purpose of this paper is to highlight how virtual collaborative learning can be used to prepare students to meet the challenges of an uncertain job market and to outline strategies for implementing this revolutionary learning process throughout the management education community of practice.
      Keywords: virtual collaborative learning; VCL; social media; management education; implementation strategies; Web 2.0+; haptics; heutagogy; business schools; higher education; e-learning; online learning; electronic learning
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) pp. 239 - 253
      PubDate: 2016-09-29T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2016.079492
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Adolescents motives on using social network sites - an empirical study
           on Egypt and Germany
    • Authors: Sara El-Deeb, Tamer Awad
      Pages: 254 - 272
      Abstract: Based on uses and gratifications (UG) perspective, this study examines the motives of adolescents social network sites (SNS) use across Egypt and Germany. It focuses on three of the most popular SNS sites in terms of both consumer usage and marketer interest: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Exploratory study was conducted utilising mixed method approach. 250 and 215 responses attained through self-administered surveys, were collected from Egypt and Germany respectively. For post verification, semi structured interviews were conducted with 13 Egyptian and 15 German adolescents through theoretical sampling technique. Results revealed that social interaction is a major motive among both Egypt and Germany indicating that marketers should focus on consumer engagement. This study provides preliminary findings on motivation to SNS usage in two different cultures and further develops the UG theory, giving it more prominence within the area of social media.
      Keywords: use; gratification; social networking sites; SNS; social media; adolescents; Germany; Egypt; adolescent motives; motivation; Facebook; YouTube; Twitter; social interaction; consumer engagement; cultural differences; culture
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) pp. 254 - 272
      PubDate: 2016-09-29T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2016.079504
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
  • Episodic social media impact on users
    • Authors: Samuel K. Doss, Deborah S. Carstens, Stephen C. Kies
      Pages: 273 - 286
      Abstract: With the abundance of technological devices, an increasing number of users of all ages rely on social media. There is a growing concern of the impact that technology has on the user community. This research study was conducted to explore these concerns and specifically whether individuals' characteristics are impacted from the use of social media. A total of 209 respondents from a private university in the southeast participated in the study. Self-administered questionnaires were implemented with the survey instrument developed by the researchers. Five hypotheses were tested on the relationships of social media technologies with attention span, time pressure, long-term orientation, polychromic attitude index, and sociability. The research findings suggest that there is no difference in attention spans or sociability in frequent or infrequent users of social media. Furthermore, the research findings suggest that episodic social media usage is not positively correlated to the long-term orientation, time pressure scale, and polychromic attitude index. Future areas of research are also discussed.
      Keywords: social media; episodic usage; sociability; attention span; time pressure; long-term orientation; LTO; polychromic attitude index; frequent users; infrequent users
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) pp. 273 - 286
      PubDate: 2016-09-29T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2016.079505
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016)
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