publication . Article . Other literature type . 2011

Professional Learning in Unlikely Spaces: Social Media and Virtual Communities as Professional Development

Kathleen King;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Dec 2011 Journal: International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) (issn: 1863-0383, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Kassel University Press
Abstract
In this case study, results demonstrate that an individualâ??s use of social media as professional learning spans understanding, networking, professional identity development, and transformative learning. Specifically, virtual online communities facilitated through social media provide professional networks, social relationships and learning beyond the scope of the individualâ??s usual experience. Case study method reveals strategies, extent, and impact of learning providing insight into this phenomenon. The significance of the research includes purposefully facilitating professional learning through informal learning contexts, including social media and online ...
Subjects
free text keywords: transformative, learning, social, media, informal, professional, development, communities, Education, L, Information technology, T58.5-58.64
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