Social Media Tools and Platforms in Learning Environments

  • Bebo White
  • Irwin King
  • Philip Tsang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paradigms and Methodologies

  3. Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Carmel McNaught, Paul Lam, Morris Kwok, Eric C. L. Ho
      Pages 137-152
  4. Virtual Educational Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. S. Lynn Shollen, C. Cryss Brunner
      Pages 155-170
  5. Assessment

  6. Mobile Learning Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Ivan Madjarov, Omar Boucelma
      Pages 257-276
    3. Chih-Hung Chang, Chih-Wei Lu, William C. Chu, Juei-Nan Chen
      Pages 277-286
  7. Social Factors

  8. Case Studies and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Ronald E. Rice, Julie A. Robinson, Bruce Caron
      Pages 373-385
    3. Demetrios G. Sampson, Panagiotis Zervas, Alexandros Kalamatianos
      Pages 387-398
    4. Amanda Nosko, Eileen Wood
      Pages 399-418
    5. Nathan Bailey, Katharina Franke, Gordon Sanson
      Pages 419-435

About this book


Online social media have transformed the face of human interaction in the 21st century. Wikis, blogs, online groups and forums, podcasts, virtual worlds, and social tagging are but a few of the applications enabling innovative behaviors that support acquisition, access, manipulation, retrieval, and visualization of information. It is, therefore, no surprise that educational practitioners and theorists have begun to explore how social media can be harnessed to describe and implement new paradigms for communication, learning, and education.

The editors’ goal in publishing this book was to identify original research on the application of online social media and related technologies in education as well as emerging applications in Web technologies that could provide and shape future educational platforms. The selected contributions deal with questions such as how social media can truly enrich and enhance learning and teaching experiences in ways not otherwise possible; how learning can be integrated in a distributed and ubiquitous social computing environment; or what theories, paradigms, and models are applicable for the support of social computing in education.

Researchers in education or educational software will find interesting and sometimes provocative chapters on paradigms and methodologies, virtual and mobile learning spaces, and assessment and social factors. Practitioners in these fields will benefit from an additional section devoted to case studies and first experience reports.


CSCW Collaborative Environments Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Educational Software Learning Environment Mobile Learning Social Computing Social Media Technology-Enhanced Learning Virtual Environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Bebo White
    • 1
  • Irwin King
    • 2
    • 3
  • Philip Tsang
    • 4
  1. 1.Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Scientific Computing and Computing ServicesStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Computer Science and EngineeringThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong SAR
  3. 3.AT&T Labs ResearchSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.Caritas Institute of Higher Education Center of ExcellenceTseung Kwan OHong Kong SAR

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