Learning in the Café: Pilot testing the collaborative application for education in Facebook

  • Josh McCarthy The University of South Australia
Keywords: Education, Social Media, Facebook, Online learning environments, User interface design

Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot study using the Café, the collaborative application for education as an online learning environment within the Facebook framework, for first-year tertiary design students. The Café, a new e-learning application, has been designed based on five principles of user interface design – visibility, usability, relevance, accessibility and interactivity – and developed not only to take advantage of Facebook’s popularity and social qualities, but also to provide institutions with an established, structured and dedicated e-learning environment that meets the needs of contemporary tertiary students and teaching staff. From March to June in 2013, 48 students participated within the e-learning environment, in combination with traditional face-to-face classes including lectures and tutorials. Students were required to submit work-in-progress imagery related to major assignments, and provide feedback and critiques to their peers. The evaluation process of this new e-learning application involved pre- and post-semester surveys providing participating students with the opportunity to critically reflect on the experience during the semester.

 

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Author Biography

Josh McCarthy, The University of South Australia
Dr Josh McCarthy is a lecturer in digital media with specific interests in animation, graphic design, photography and digital art. He teaches within the Bachelor of Media Arts program in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages.
Published
2015-02-13
How to Cite
McCarthy, J. (2015). Learning in the Café: Pilot testing the collaborative application for education in Facebook. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 31(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1500