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   ISSN (Print) 2050-3954 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3962
   Published by Inderscience Publishers Homepage  [400 journals]
  • Exploring web-based design and technology lessons in lower secondary
           classrooms: a case study
    • Authors: Kian Leng Tay, Gwendoline Choon Lang Quek
      Pages: 1 - 19
      Abstract: This study investigated the use of Google sites as the web-based technology to support secondary school students' learning of design and technology (D&T). Using qualitative survey, students reported their prior knowledge of e-learning and how the e-learning supported their learning. It was found that students did have certain misconceptions about what e-learning was about based on their prior e-learning experience. Despite these misconceptions, students were still able to recognise the benefits which e-learning brings. Students' reported positive and negative experiences in using Wikis supported by Google sites to engage their learning and the implications for educators and researchers will also be discussed in this paper.
      Keywords: design and technology education; web-based D&T; e-learning; secondary schools; wikis; secondary education; case study; electronic learning; online learning; Google sites; student misconceptions; prior experience
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015) pp. 1 - 19
      PubDate: 2015-04-03T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.068443
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Using social media to reach Chinese and South Asian communities in British
           Columbia: the story of a peer-led diabetes prevention programme on
    • Authors: Erica Amari, Rebecca Barry, Xian Chong, Helen Novak Lauscher, Kendall Ho
      Pages: 20 - 39
      Abstract: Minority populations can face cultural and accessibility barriers when seeking education and support for diabetes self-management. While culturally adapted education programmes have been studied, it has not been combined with the benefit of peer-support and the accessibility of social media. This project aimed to create and assess the feasibility, acceptability, and usability of a peer-led, culturally relevant diabetes prevention programme to be delivered over a popular social networking platform, Facebook, using mixed methods. Six participants of Chinese and South Asian ethnicities completed the 12-week programme led by a peer leader for each group. Interviews and scales were conducted before, during, and after the programme. Results indicated that the delivery of health information over Facebook is feasible and acceptable for those who are comfortable with social media. The peer leaders were engaged and the ability to view discussions was useful, though a larger group would have led to more robust discussions.
      Keywords: social media; social networking; Chinese communities; South Asian communities; Punjabi communities; Canada; peer leader; prevention; Facebook; culture; peer support; feasibility; acceptability; usability; diabetes prevention; minority populations; ethnic minorities;
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015) pp. 20 - 39
      PubDate: 2015-04-03T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.068454
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • A literature review on peer assessment
    • Authors: Hiang Meng Low, Qiyun Wang
      Pages: 40 - 48
      Abstract: The use of peer assessment as an alternative form of assessment is reported to be helpful in learning and is increasingly being adopted in higher education overseas and even in primary schools in Singapore. People had been talking about peer assessment way back in the 20th century 1980s. Drawing on literature until end January of 2013, we reviewed past empirical research studies and peer-reviewed articles on peer assessment in the educational settings. This review is organised into two topics: the implementation strategies of peer assessment and the problems encountered and potential problems during implementation of peer assessment. The conclusions suggest that peer assessment can be implemented and its benefits are evident. Several limitations of previous literature were discussed. We conclude by providing some recommendations to some of the discussions and also some recommendations for future research related to peer assessment in the educational settings.
      Keywords: peer assessment; peer evaluation; peer review; peer feedback; literature review; Singapore; education
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015) pp. 40 - 48
      PubDate: 2015-04-03T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.068431
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Social media use and its implications on child behaviour: a study of a
           basic school in Ghana
    • Authors: Naomi Amofah-Serwaa, Perpetua S. Dadzie
      Pages: 49 - 62
      Abstract: The study explores the implication of social media use on child behaviour in a basic school in Ghana. A survey was conducted among pupils, teachers and parents of the school. Fifty-six pupils were served with questionnaires while ten teachers and 22 parents were interviewed. The findings reveal that Facebook is the most preferred social media site. About half the pupils indicated that the models they observe on social media sites have not affected their behaviour. Some positive implications reported by parents and teachers include improvement in reading habits, dressing and communication. Negative implications also reported involve distraction of pupils' attention from their studies, frequent use of Pidgin English as well as unnecessary fashion consciousness. The study recommends that parents should visit their children's online friends to see what they post and receive from friends. Furthermore, teachers must explain the advantages and danger of using social media to children and advise them of beneficial sites to visit.
      Keywords: social media; child behaviour; pupils; interactive learning environments; Ghana; Facebook; pupil behaviour; parental behaviour; secondary education; reading habits; dressing; communication; distraction; Pidgin English; fashion consciousness; young people
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015) pp. 49 - 62
      PubDate: 2015-04-03T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.068441
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Asynchronous online discussion activities to support university
           students' self-directed learning: opportunities and challenges
    • Authors: Wing Sum Cheung, Khe Foon Hew
      Pages: 63 - 70
      Abstract: Singapore has identified self-directed learning (SDL) as one of the key learning outcomes for her information technology in education master plan 3. However, teachers may not know how to design activities that could cater for student SDL, and students themselves may face difficulties in using this approach in their learning. We believe that the use of a particular social media tool, the asynchronous online discussion forum, could support students' SDL. The purpose of this paper is to share how we planned and implemented the use of an asynchronous online discussion forum along with the specific pedagogical activities. We will explain why this particular approach was able to foster students' self-direction in learning based on the empirical findings collected from 20 participants at the National Institute of Education (Singapore). We also discuss the opportunities and challenges of using this particular approach and suggest several relevant areas for future research.
      Keywords: self-directed learning; asynchronous online discussion forums; pedagogical activities; higher education; Singapore; social media; student self-direction
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015) pp. 63 - 70
      PubDate: 2015-04-03T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.068438
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Developing a learning mathematics environment on television
    • Authors: Wing Sum Cheung, Khe Foon Hew
      Pages: 71 - 82
      Abstract: The purposes of this paper are: 1) to share the process of designing a learning environment (LE) of two-dimensional geometric shapes on television (TV) for learning and to teach using realistic mathematics education (RME); 2) to describe how a learning mathematics environment on television was used by the teacher in the classroom. Design research approach was used in this study. The participants of this research were 20 primary school students. The data were collected from video recordings of classroom events. In this research, a sequence of instructional activities was designed and developed. Result shows that using education programmes on TV can improve education in Indonesia and the dissemination of the Indonesian version of realistic mathematics education (PMRI) in Indonesia.
      Keywords: television; TV educational programmes; Pendidikan Matematika Realistik Indonesia; PMRI; 2D geometric shapes; learning environment; design research; mathematics education; primary schools; primary education; video recordings; classroom events; instructional activ
      Citation: International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015) pp. 71 - 82
      PubDate: 2015-04-03T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.068434
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
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