Using Social Media Technologies to Enhance Online Learning

Linda Weiser Friedman, Ph.D. Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY
Hershey H. Friedman, Ph.D. School of Business Brooklyn College, CUNY
Models of distance education have evolved over decades, just in time to collide with modern pedagogies in which communication, interaction, student engagement, and active learning are of critical importance. The number of college students taking online classes continues to grow. Today, nearly 30% of college students are taking at least one online class. The social media technologies encompass a wide variety of Web-based technologies such as blogs, wikis, online social networking, and virtual worlds. This paper examines the relevant published literature, looking at online learning activities through the prism of the defining characteristics of today’s new communication technologies.
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