Going Where the Young People are Already – Facebook as an Ongoing Community of Learners

Maughan, Catherine and Hall, Lisa (2013) Going Where the Young People are Already – Facebook as an Ongoing Community of Learners. In: 2013 Western and Northern Aboriginal Language Alliance Conference, 25th - 27th June 2013, Bunbury, W.A.. (Unpublished)

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This paper will explore how one tertiary enabling course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is engaging with existing social media and going to where young people are already – on Facebook. We will argue that Facebook is helping to meet a very important need that has been challenging to solve in the past – that of continuing student engagement with the course, the lecturers and each other between the face to face learning sessions. We maintain that Facebook has facilitated a genuine community of connected Indigenous learners. Our research found that Facebook was used by students and staff in geographically dispersed locations as a place of: 1) teaching and learning; 2) Information sharing, 3)relationship building and celebration and 4) a place of student voices and affirmation. This presentation will present the findings of our research and lead a discussion about how social media technologies such as Facebook can be used to facilitate involvement of younger people in language projects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Indigenous, education, facebook
Field of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 23:15
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2016 23:20
URI: https://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/398

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