Social media in enabling education

Authors

  • Susan Hopkins

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14742/apubs.2017.751

Keywords:

Facebook, LMS, enabling education

Abstract

This paper argues that students from rural and low socio-economic status (LSES) backgrounds, who undertake enabling education, benefit from the social, cultural and network capital which digital, narrative and connective platforms may provide in pre-tertiary teaching and learning. In particular, this paper discusses the trial of the use of the social networking site Facebook as a learning management system within an enabling tertiary preparation program designed to raise the aspirations and widen the participation of economically and geographically disadvantaged young people. It also discusses the role of new media in an approach to Tertiary Preparation which recognises that to succeed in their university study, non-traditional students need to develop not only academic skills and confidence, but the skills and confidence to survive and thrive in the broader digital society.

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Published

2024-05-12

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Section

ASCILITE Conference - Concise Papers