When face-to-face fails: Opportunities for social media to foster collaborative learning

Tamara Clegg, Jason C. Yip, June Ahn, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Michael Gubbels, Becky Lewittes, Emily Rhodes

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Productive collaboration is an integral component of socially constructed perspectives of learning. Yet effective collaboration is quite challenging and not without its own risks. Collaboration, both distributed and face-to-face, must be nurtured; technologies can support or undermine its positive growth in learning communities. We present an exploratory investigation of the types of social interactions that are both productive and non-productive in face-to-face informal science learning contexts. We include an analysis of the ways in which social media technologies can be designed to support more collaborative interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
StatePublished - 2013
Event10th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2013 - Madison, WI, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2013Jun 19 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education


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