SMEDIA: Designing to create a social and dynamic learning framework

ID: 41571 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Gail Casey, Deakin University, Australia
  2. Gayle Davidson-Shivers, University of South Alabama, United States

Wednesday, June 25 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: B1097 View on map

Presider: Hanna Teräs, Murdoch University , Australia

Abstract: This article discusses the design of social networking sites created through a PhD action research study. Social and participatory media was used as an active, flexible and motivating learning management system. The study investigated ways in which a social learning framework could be designed for students aged 13 to 16 and aimed to encourage student knowledge growth through peer-to-peer interaction while supporting both formal and informal learning. New literacies and multimodality were infused into the design. It was found that the practitioner-researcher’s cycles of planning, acting, observing and reflecting, action research, provided a mechanism for scaffolding the redesign of curriculum content and instruction. Social media in education can be dynamic, interactive and appreciated (SMEDIA) by the students.

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