Title: The role of social media in education: designing a novel digital learning environment
Authors: Zotos, Christos
Armakolas, S.
Citation: KROTKÝ, Jan, ed.; SIMBARTL, Petr, ed. Inovace a technologie ve vzdělávání: časopis o nových metodách a inovacích v technickém a přírodovědném vzdělávání. 2018, č. 1.
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
Document type: článek
URI: http://olympiadatechniky.cz/itev/
ISSN: 2571-2519
Keywords: socíální média;vzdělávání;komunikace;aktivity;nebezpečí;prototyp
Keywords in different language: social media;education;communication;activities;dangers;prototype
Abstract in different language: Social media have become an integral part of our lives, offering a wide range of services and aiming to satisfy, in a variety of ways, our need for communication. As a matter of fact (and judging solely by their very definition), these platforms might as well have a place in the educational process. Their use inside the classroom should be focused on sharing knowledge among students, engaging and motivating them to work into a more pleasant environment than the one currently in place, which tends to focus more on traditional but outdated ways of education. Bringing students and teachers together under a common goal strengthens the bond between them, while at the same time helps making what we could call "the digital leap‘‘. This last aspect is very important, because the amount of knowledge and information has skyrocketed in our era, while the ways of accessing it have become rather complex. To achieve this, certain features of the social media need to be adapted with educational purposes in mind, instead of the technocratic ideals that these platforms are designed to promote. This study aims to examine whether social media have a place in the educational process and to pinpoint several negative consequences that their excessive use could cause. Additionally, the various security issues that usually affect these platforms are brought up and a ruleset is suggested, which could secure the integrity of students’ personal data. Finally, an attempt is made to suggest a model digital learning environment which could take advantage of certain features that the current generation of social media has to offer, while also aiming to maintain a healthy social environment among its members.
Rights: © Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
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