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dc.contributor.authorHartley, Alison S.*
dc.contributor.authorKassam, A.A.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-28T13:00:35Z
dc.date.available2016-11-28T13:00:35Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationHartley AS and Kassam AA (2015) Social Networking for Learning in Higher Education: Capitalising on Social Capital. In: Proceedings of the Social Media and Learning in Higher Education Conference. 18 Dec 2015, Sheffield Hallam, UK.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/10700
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the evolution of student-led social networking groups initiated and sustained by a cohort of undergraduate students over a 3-year time frame. The study contributes to this growing area of research by exploring the impact of peer-led, peer-supported informal learning through social media networks. Social capital is a useful lens through which to understand the findings, and particularly in interpreting descriptions of the evolution of the group over time. The findings suggest that students build bridging social capital to support the transition into higher education, form relationships and learn collaboratively through a large cohort-based Facebook group. Over time, this form of social capital and the use of the Facebook group declines due to a lack of perceived reciprocity and an increased perception of competitiveness amongst peers. However, there is accompanied by a subsequent rise in the building of bonding social capital between closer peer relationships facilitated through the use of various WhatsApp groups. The findings have implications for considering how social networking might support the student journey towards more nuanced, more personalised collaborative learning and a move towards more self-directed learning.en_US
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dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://blogs.shu.ac.uk/socmedhe/proceedings/en_US
dc.rights© 2015 The Authors. This is an Open Access paper published under the Creative Commons CC-BY license(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode)en_US
dc.subjectSocial networking; Learning; Higher educationen_US
dc.titleSocial Networking for Learning in Higher Education: Capitalising on Social Capitalen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.typeConference paperen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
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