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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2010
San Diego, CA, USA
March 29, 2010
David Gibson & Bernie Dodge
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In response to the current trend of Web 2.0 development in education, this paper reports on an exploratory study which explored the use of social networking technology to facilitate teaching and learning in the college classroom. This study set out to examine three regularly-scheduled courses at two public universities in Taiwan. Adopting the situated learning theory as the conceptual framework, this study attempted to answer two research questions: (1) What are students’ experiences with and views on the use of social networking sites in the courses under investigation? (2) What is the impact of using social networking sites to supplement face-to-face courses on students’ perceived sense of classroom community? Preliminary findings indicated that the use of class social networks in the observed classrooms was found helpful for strengthening students’ connectedness among class members and promoting classroom communities of practice.