A survey on social networks to determine requirements for Learning Networks for professional development of university staff

Francis Brouns, Adriana Berlanga, Sibren Fetter, Jan Van Bruggen, Peter Sloep, M.E. Bitter

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    Abstract

    Learning Networks –online social networks where the learner is put central– are well suited for the non-formal professional development of academic staff. Our assumption is that Learning Networks can build on social network sites. Social network sites are becoming very popular and are very effective in connecting people, allowing exchange and sharing of all kinds of information and resources. Therefore we designed a survey to explore the use and perception of social network sites among academic staff and to relate this to the functionalities required for Learning Networks for professional development. The survey results indicate that a Learning Network should cater for the desired social aspects along with facilities to organise and maintain resources and contacts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)298-311
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Web Based Communities
    Volume7
    Issue number3
    Early online date13 Jul 2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • learning networks
    • social learning
    • social network sites
    • design guidelines
    • professional development
    • non-formal learning

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