Social networking sites and learning in international relations: The impact of platforms

  • Josh Pallas University of Wollongong
  • Joakim Eidenfalk School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts, University of Wollongong
  • Susan Engel School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts, University of Wollongong http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4184-6139
Keywords: Social Networking, Facebook, International Relations, Student Engagement, Model United Nations

Abstract

This article reports on a pilot undergraduate subject that incorporated a range of technology-enhanced learning approaches including online lectures, an online site for in and out of class communications, and strong encouragement for students to blog and use Twitter. This paper evaluates student engagement through the social networking sites (SNS), focusing on the online communication and content platform. We examine whether changing from an educationally oriented SNS platform to Facebook impacted on student engagement and feedback. To achieve this, both empirical data and qualitative student feedback were used.

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Author Biographies

Josh Pallas, University of Wollongong
Josh completed honours in law and politics at the University of Wollongong.
Joakim Eidenfalk, School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts, University of Wollongong
Joakim is a Lecturer in Politics & International Studies at the Univeristy of Wollongong.
Susan Engel, School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts, University of Wollongong
Susan is a Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Studies at the Univeristy of Wollongong
Published
2019-03-21
How to Cite
Pallas, J., Eidenfalk, J., & Engel, S. (2019). Social networking sites and learning in international relations: The impact of platforms. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 35(1). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.3637
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Articles