Volume 4 Number 3 (Jun. 2014)
Home > Archive > 2014 > Volume 4 Number 3 (Jun. 2014) >
IJEEEE 2014 Vol.4(3): 191-196 ISSN: 2010-3654
DOI: 10.7763/IJEEEE.2014.V4.329

Unifying Informal and Formal Learning Environments: Educational Use of Social Network Sites through Implementing Community of Inquiry Framework

Mahdieh Aghili, Ananda K. Palaniappan, Khosrow Kamali, Saeed Aghabozorgi, and Sedigheh Abbasnasab Sardareh
Abstract— In spite of the widespread incorporation of learning management systems (LMSs) into university teaching and learning, lecturers leverage them primarily for delivery of documents such as class syllabus and lecture slides. However, this traditional one-way transformation of knowledge does not encourage students to utilize the collaborative features of LMSs such as discussion forums for enhancing their level of learning. In this article, the researchers explain about the potential of the social network sites (SNSs) for communication and information sharing in higher education system. The capability of SNSs to create personal profiles allows users to maintain connections with students and lecturers from other educational institutions. Furthermore, applying appropriate theoretical frameworks such as community of inquiry (CoI) to the social network platforms provides meaningful environments for collaborative knowledge construction among students. The element of teaching presence in this COI model is influential in promoting students’ academic engagement and higher order thinking skills.

Index Terms— Social network sites, e-learning, higher order thinking, community of inquiry.

M. Aghili is with University of Malaya, Malaysia (e-mail: Mahdieh.aghili@ siswa.um.edu.my).
A. K. Palaniappan and S. Abbasnasab Sardareh are with the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia (e-mail: anandak@um.edu.my, abbasnasab@gmail.com).
K. Kamali is with UMCAS at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia (e-mail: drkamali@um.edu.my).
S. Aghabozorgi is with the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia (e-mail: saeed@um.edu.my).

Cite: Mahdieh Aghili, Ananda K. Palaniappan, Khosrow Kamali, Saeed Aghabozorgi, and Sedigheh Abbasnasab Sardareh, " Unifying Informal and Formal Learning Environments: Educational Use of Social Network Sites through Implementing Community of Inquiry Framework," International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 191-196, 2014.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3654
Frequency: Quarterly (Since 2015)
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Executive Editor: Mr. Ron C. Wu
Abstracting/ Indexing: Engineering & Technology Digital Library, Google Scholar, Electronic Journals Library, QUALIS, ProQuest, EI (INSPEC, IET)
E-mail: ijeeee@iap.org
  • Jan 05, 2017 News!

    [CFP] 2017 the annual meeting of IJEEEE Editorial Board, WCEEE 2017, will be held in Phuket, Thailand during June 17-19, 2017.    [Click]

  • Mar 24, 2016 News!

    Vol.5, No.3 has been indexed by EI (Inspec).   [Click]

  • Sep 25, 2017 News!

    IJEEEE Vol. 8, No. 1 is available online!    [Click]

  • Sep 12, 2017 News!

    The papers published in Vol.7, No.4 have all received dois from Crossref.

  • Aug 29, 2017 News!

    IJEEEE Vol. 7, No. 4 is available online!    [Click]

  • Read more>>