Are Social Media Alternatives to Learning Management Systems When Teaching Online?
This study explores the use of social media in a graduate online course as an alternative to the traditional learning management systems. It uses a qualitative research approach relying on interviews and document analysis as data collection methods. Findings show that students appreciated the flexibility of the mash-up LMS and the opportunity to learn about different learning technologies while using them to support their own learning. Facebook allows students to get to know each other better on a personal level and Edmodo kept the online conversations organized and easy to follow. As far as improving the online learning experience, students suggested an increase in number and frequency of synchronous sessions along with the use of additional content in audio and visual/video formats.
KeywordsSocial media Learning management system Online education Higher education
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