Integrating a Social Network for an Online Graduate Community Term Paper by Nicky

Integrating a Social Network for an Online Graduate Community
An explanation of the importance of social networking for students.
# 147404 | 2,017 words | 25 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper discusses how social networks can support students' involvement in online classroom activities and help them improve achievement through regular interaction. The paper defines the five main phases, familiarization, utilization, integration, reorientation, and evolution, required to successfully integrate a social network in an online graduate classroom. It also includes a literature review on the subject.

Literature Review
Steps to Integrate a Social Network in Online
The Effect of Social Networking on an Online Graduate Classroom

From the Paper:

''For successful integration of technology, students' roles must be shifted from being the object to being the subject in order to have a learner-centered environment that supports an egalitarian style of communication for each student in a classroom. Many researchers have discussed the successful procedure for accurate adoption of technologies in classrooms because implementing any new technology in a classroom setting needs to be done after a comprehensive studied plan (Zhao & Cziko, 2001). Hooper's and Rieber's research has visualized five main phases for successful integration of new technologies in the classroom (Hooper & Rieber, 1995). These phases are appropriate, essential, and important factors to discuss for implementing social networks in an online graduate classroom.
''The first phase is the familiarization phase when an instructor must become familiar with social networks and knowledgeable in how to use them in an online graduate classroom. Also, an instructor must connect students' previous knowledge and experience of social networks with what she/he will expect from them throughout the semester in order to achieve the course's intended goals. An instructor must consider social networking as an essential way of communication in the online graduate class because it serves to integrate students and instructors in the networking space. Moreover, an instructor must introduce the educational values of social networking by explaining the projects and assignments that will be executed through social networking in order to enhance the concept of community among the students.''

Sample of Sources Used:

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