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Facebook as a learning tool? A case study

Pimmer, C., Linxen, S. and Gröhbiel, U. (2012), Facebook as a learning tool? A case study on the appropriation of social network sites from mobile phones in developing countries. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43: 726–738. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01351.x
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This exploratory research investigates how students and professionals use social network sites (SNSs) in the setting of developing and emerging countries. Data collection included focus groups consisting of medical students and faculty as well as the analysis of a Facebook site centred on medical and clinical topics. The findings show how users, both students and professionals, appropriate SNSs from their mobile phones as rich educational tools in informal learning contexts. First, unlike in previous studies, the analysis revealed explicit forms of educational content embedded in informal learning contexts in Facebook. Quizzes, case presentations and associated deliberate (e-)learning practices which are typically found in (more) formal educational settings were identified. Second, from a sociocultural learning perspective, it is shown how the participation in such virtual professional communities across national boundaries permits the announcement and negotiation of occupational status and professional identities.

Via Facebook as a learning tool? A case study on the appropriation of social network sites from mobile phones in developing countries – Pimmer – 2012 – British Journal of Educational Technology – Wiley Online Library.

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Randomized trial of an eLearning program for training family members of children with autism in the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis

J Jang, DR Dixon, J Tarbox, D Granpeesheh… – Research in Autism …, 2012
Abstract Effective training of caregivers is an integral part of top-quality treatment programs
for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, traditional caregiver training
can be time consuming and costly. The development of Web-based electronic training

[PDF] Security of Information in University Elearning Systems

R Grzybowski – COMPUTER, 2011
Abstract. The increase in popularity of university eLearning platforms, supporting traditional
methods of education, as well as new communication tools development, make the security
issues of information stored in these systems becoming increasingly important. The

Using PDF Documents for Rapid Authoring of Reusable Elearning Content in LOXtractor

F Schulz
The prototype of a rapid authoring tool for reusable learning objects, LOXtractor was
extended with the ability for importing PDF files and for direct input of plain text. The ability to
process PDF files was a major step forward to the goal of creating an application that

[PDF] Why Software Product Lines for a family of eLearning Systems {9 Existing+ 13 New+ X Variants} has worked? and Why is it not enough?

S Chimalakonda…
ABSTRACT In this paper, we present our experience of mining a product line from 9 existing
eLearning Systems developed at 9 different locations by 9 different teams following 9 varied
development processes over a decade. We explain the unique nature of these eLearning …


Abstract The Pace of eLearning is going high and high since most of the higher education
institutions are using web-based instruction system for teaching their online courses. To
implement web-based learning environment teacher’s acceptance and efficacy of new

[PDF] Collaborative eLearning in a Developing Country: A University Case Study in Uganda

EK Kahiigi, H Hansson, M Danielson, FF Tusubira…
Abstract: Universities in developing countries are increasingly adopting and using
eLearning in their teaching and learning processes as one of the means for leapfrogging
into the knowledge driven world. However, despite the recognition eLearning has

46% of Moms Don’t Let Their Children See Their Full Facebook Profile [STUDY]

Via Mashable
The oft-discussed dilemma of whether to share your Facebook profile with your mom often overlooks an important factor: Does she want to share hers with you? A recent study suggests that about half of the time, the answer is no — at least not the whole profile. The survey, which was conducted by the publisher of publisher of Parenting and Babytalk magazines, found that 46% of mothers who responded don’t give their children full access to their profiles. This reluctance to overshare doesn’t necessarily stop them from friending their children, or even their children’s friends.
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Children with internet access at home gain exam advantage, charity says

Via The Guardian:
The e-Learning Foundation says pupils whose families have a computer are likely to achieve a higher grade A million children’s exam results will be on average a grade lower than their peers this year because they do not have internet access at home, according to a leading charity. The e-Learning Foundation says that children without access to a computer in the evening are being increasingly disadvantaged in the classroom. Research suggests that 1.2 million teenagers log on to revision pages every week and those using online resources were on average likely to attain a grade higher in exams
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Children with internet access at home gain exam advantage, charity says

Which? panel questions brain training claims

Via The Guardian:
Evidence for games is weak, says Which? report
Experts say they are no better than a crossword People who spend money on “brain trainers” to keep their minds agile may get the same results by simply doing a crossword or surfing the internet, according to research published today. A panel of experts, including eminent neuroscientists, found there was no scientific evidence to support a range of manufacturers’ claims that the gadgets can help improve memory or stave off the risk of illnesses such as dementia …
Which? panel questions brain training claims