In this paper, we explore the possibility of using social networking tools to support teaching practice in technological courses.
Authors: Chi-Un Lei, Tomas Krilavicius, Nan Zhang, Kaiyu Wan and Ka Lok Man
Published in Proceedings of the International Multiconference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2012 Vol II, IMECS 2012, March 14-16, Hong Kong.
Pedagogy with Web 2.0 technologies is shown to facilitate the teaching-learning process through content sharing and idea collaboration. In this paper, we explore the possibility of using social networking tools, to support teaching practice in technological courses. In our study, we utilized 1) Facebook Page as a platform to share content, experiences and news of a general engineering course, and 2) blog as a collaborative writing tool to express thoughts and opinions in a common core (general education) course. After our one-semester (threemonths) study, we found that Facebook Page is an easy-touse and familiar tool for students to share and exchange ideas among classmates, peers and public.
Index Terms: Information technology in education, general education, Facebook, social media network, blog, technological education, higher education