As Learners Move into the Open: Obstacles to Overcome, Strategies for Success, and Potential for Participatory Learning (Research-Based)

Wednesday, February 16 | 9:00AM–11:00AM | Concourse Foyer and Crystal Corridor
Session Type: Professional Development
This presentation will highlight results from two research studies conducted between 2008 and 2010 on social media use for learning. Participants were undergraduate and graduate students in a School of Education at a large urban research university in the United States. Findings from the first study describe a perceived gap between faculty and student use of social media and emphasize student expectations for classroom use. The second study of graduate students engaged in blog writing as a method of reflective practice shares effective classroom strategies and explores the nature of participatory learning that emerged from blogging in an open learning environment.


  • Terry Carter

    Associate Dean for Professional Instruction and Faculty Development, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Joan Rhodes

    Associate Professor, The University of Arizona Global Campus
  • Fran Smith

    UDL Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-12, Boston College

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