Back-Channel Communication: Web 2.0 Technologies for Social Learning (Research-based)

Wednesday, January 21 | 2:30PM–3:30PM | Grand Sierra Ballroom I
Session Type: Professional Development
For both on-campus and distance education students, cell phones and social networking tools contribute to active communication outside class. This presentation will report on a study of the purposes for which graduate students use such back-channel communication; the technologies they use; the value they perceive it contributes to their learning; and how their choice of technologies relates to factors like age and course delivery format (online vs. face-to-face). Join us to hear what students say about their use of these technologies and share your own experiences along the back channel.


  • Barbara Frey

    Instructional Designer, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lorna Kearns

    Director of Next Generation Learning, University of Pittsburgh

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