SocialWire: Social Software for Informal Learning

M. E. Sousa-Vieira, J. C. López Ardao, M. Rodríguez-Pérez, M. Fernández-Veiga

Abstract

Despite the fact that online social networks (OSN) are widely recognized as a powerful vector for adding a new social dimension to the learning management systems (LMS), OSNs do not fully integrate the specific features of the learning process yet. In this paper, we report the design and implementation of a software platform that leverages on the basic capabilities of an OSN and extends the functionality toward its use in education. It does so by the embedding of a variety of collaborative activities of informal nature, jointly with tailored assessment procedures and an associated reputation system for the users. The latter is essential in order to foster the students’ engagement and improve their learning performance. This software system, though still work in progress, has been in use for two years in different subject areas. The outcomes and the feedback provided both by teachers and students are encouraging.

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E. Sousa-Vieira M., C. López Ardao J., Rodríguez-Pérez M. and Fernández-Veiga M. (2013). SocialWire: Social Software for Informal Learning . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Interaction Design in Educational Environments - Volume 1: IDEE, (ICEIS 2013) ISBN 978-989-8565-65-5, pages 133-145. DOI: 10.5220/0004602601330145


in Bibtex Style

@conference{idee13,
author={M. E. Sousa-Vieira and J. C. López Ardao and M. Rodríguez-Pérez and M. Fernández-Veiga},
title={SocialWire: Social Software for Informal Learning},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Interaction Design in Educational Environments - Volume 1: IDEE, (ICEIS 2013)},
year={2013},
pages={133-145},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004602601330145},
isbn={978-989-8565-65-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Interaction Design in Educational Environments - Volume 1: IDEE, (ICEIS 2013)
TI - SocialWire: Social Software for Informal Learning
SN - 978-989-8565-65-5
AU - E. Sousa-Vieira M.
AU - C. López Ardao J.
AU - Rodríguez-Pérez M.
AU - Fernández-Veiga M.
PY - 2013
SP - 133
EP - 145
DO - 10.5220/0004602601330145