Do levels of social competence influence the perception of social affordances among students with low levels of education? An exploratory case study of the relationship between offline and online socializing factors

Paulo Moekotte, Saskia Brand-Gruwel, Henk Ritzen

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    Abstract

    In this exploratory case study we investigate the relation between off line and online factors that influence social dynamics of online, collaborative learning, that is the levels of social competence and the perception of social affordances. We argued that low educated with low social competences do not benefit from online, collaborative learning opportunities, because they would have trouble perceiving and judging social affordances like sociability and social presence. However, in our study we were not able to find a significant relation between levels of social competences and the perception of social affordances. The scores we found on the social affordances sociability and social presence were very low. It is important to further explore how at-risk students visualise their communication partner during online interaction and how this information is processed and used by them during interaction and whether expectations or preferences of low educated with regard to technology use in education influence their perception of social affordances.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Digital Divide
    Subtitle of host publicationIssues, Recommendations and Research
    EditorsCraig S. Landers
    PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
    Chapter3
    Pages57-95
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Electronic)9781536110913
    ISBN (Print)9781536110708
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

    Publication series

    SeriesInternet Theory, Technology and Applications

    Keywords

    • social competence
    • social affordances
    • social dynamics
    • collaborative learning
    • online learning

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