Exploring Students Blended Learning Through Social Media
L. A. Abdillah, “Exploring Student’s Blended Learning Through Social Media,” ComTech (Computer, Mathematics and Engineering Applications), vol. 7, pp. 245-254, 2016.
Information technology (IT) has been used widely in many aspects of our daily life. After discuss politics related aspects for some articles. In this article author would like to discuss social media for students learning environment. Social media as a leading application on the internet has changed many aspects of life become more globalized. This article discusses the use of social media to support learning activities for students in the faculty of computer science. The author uses Facebook and WordPress as an alternative to electronic learning: 1) online attendance tool, 2) media storage and dissemination of course materials, 3) event scheduling for the lectures. Social media succeed to change the way of modern learning styles and environment. The results of this study are some learning activities such as : 1) Preparation, 2) Weekly meeting activities, 3) Course Page, 4) Social Media as Online Attendance Tool, 5) Social Media as Learning Repository and Dissemination, and 6) Social Media as Online Event Scheduling.
Keywords – Student blended learning, Social Media, Blog.
Social media as one of internet application offers many benefits to modern learning systems. It has changed the way of learning styles and approaches. Social media could be use to support IT or cyber based university. Author extends IT based learning environment by adopting the power social media besides e-Learning and blogs.
Based on the experiences and observations, author suggests some schemes by using social media: 1) Social media as online attendance tool, 2) Social media as learning repository and dissemination, and 3) Social media as online event scheduling. Social media changes conventional learning model become visual and distanceless. Lecturers able to disseminate course materials to learners (students), managing online attendance, explore the activities of each the participants such us assignment submissions, etc. In this paper, author also involves iPhone smartphone to monitor the students activities in facebook and blog.
For the next research, author still interested to work in online learning environment but with some extentions involving the benefits various of widgets and mobile devices. The next research involves more applications and enriches the learning strategy and environment. More features of distance learning with mobile based athmosphere are also to be concidered for the next study. And last but not least, author interests to integrate IT based education with psychcology aspects.
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