Share Paper: FaceFunda: A Taxi Ride with Teacher-Students towards Social Media Literacy in the Rural Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

  1. Seugnet Blignaut, North-West University, South Africa
  2. Ronel Bester, North-West University, South Africa
Thursday, June 26 4:00-4:30 PM B1097

Abstract: This paper explores and describes how teacher-students from rural communities in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, enrolled for a BEd Honours programme, experienced social media support to assist and guide them to compile an individual research proposal. Kruger’s (2012) conceptual framework addressed issues relating to 21st century learning skills of supporting teacher-students in an open distance learning environment. The researchers compiled a support group, FaceFunda on Facebook, according to the metaphor of a taxi—a well-known object to the participants—in order to enhance their learning experience while they interacted supportively with one another and the facilitator towards compiling their research proposals. ...