Social media in enabling education


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Author: Hopkins, Susan


This paper argues that students from rural and low socio-economic status (LSES) backgrounds, who undertake enabling education, benefit from the social, cultural and network capital which digital, narrative and connective platforms may provide in pre-tertiary teaching and learning. In particular, this paper discusses the trial of the use of the social networking site Facebook as a learning management system within an enabling tertiary preparation program designed to raise the aspirations and widen the participation of economically and geographically disadvantaged young people. It also...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Pathways; Tertiary education; Disadvantaged; Technology

Keywords: Social media; Enabling program; Aspirations; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Rural; Socially disadvantaged; Computer literacy; Nontraditional students; Digital literacy; Digital skills

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Tugun, Queensland: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 2017

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