Affordance Analysis of Google+ Features: Advancing Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
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This paper aims to analyze the affordances of the digital technology (DT) Google+. The analysis process was informed by the theory of affordances. Accordingly, this paper highlighted the different types of affordances of Google+ features, i.e., functional, cognitive, physical, sensory, emotional, and social. In addition, the authors reviewed Google+ functionalities to identify the positive and negative affordances and suggested ways to maximize and minimize them, respectively. The affordance analysis revealed many hidden affordances in Google+ features that require special attention from educators interested in implementing Google+ features in learning environments. Overall, Google+ affordances enable educators to leverage its features for personalized learning, learning communities, and as a Learning Management System (LMS).