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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  [427 journals]
  • Affordances of Twitter as a pedagogical tool in education: critical
           analysis of doctoral research studies
    • Authors: Myint Swe Khine
      Pages: 1 - 20
      Abstract: Twitter as a microblogging platform often used to communicate each other in real time is a dominant practice of digital generation. Since its inception 10 years ago, the use of Twitter in educational settings has been growing considerably. Studies have been conducted to find out the affordances of Twitter and reported the advantages and drawbacks of the tool to use for teaching and learning in educational contexts. This study analyses research on Twitter as part of the doctoral dissertations in the universities in the USA. It identifies major categories and topics, describes the findings and discusses gaps in the research area from the educational technology perspective. The study selects 17 doctoral dissertations and examines the research aims, methodologies and results. The study proposes five overlapping categories. The analysis reveals that Twitter research in educational technology is still fragmented using diverse theories, and methodical advances are necessary for future research.
      Keywords: educational technology; engagement; learning; professional development; review; social networks; twitter
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017) pp. 1 - 20
      PubDate: 2017-08-23T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.086084
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
  • Students' perspectives on an empirical
           investigation of perception and attitude
    • Authors: Kuan-Pin Chiang
      Pages: 21 - 31
      Abstract: Since its inception in 1999, the website of has been popular and has gathered more than 15 million ratings of approximate 1.5 million professors from more than 7,000 schools. It provides college students opportunities to rate and comment on their instructors and helps them with course selection. The purpose of this study was to investigate the college student perception and attitude towards this website. We analysed survey data from 166 undergraduate students. Our findings suggest that overall students have positive experiences and find RMP as a reliable source of information for course selection. About 25% of participants who have posted ratings have stronger positive attitude towards the website and higher tendency to check the website before registering classes.
      Keywords: attitude; faculty evaluations; faculty ratings; perception; RateMyProfessors; student evaluations
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017) pp. 21 - 31
      PubDate: 2017-08-23T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2017.086083
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017)
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