Embracing social networking to create a community of scholars in large multi-disciplinary first year cohorts

Blake, Andrea & Gray, Matthew (2013) Embracing social networking to create a community of scholars in large multi-disciplinary first year cohorts. In 19th Annual Pacific-Rim Real Estate Society Conference, 13-16 January 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

The first year of a property degree program is a time to establish threshold concept knowledge to acculturise students into their discipline or professional group. Due to the foundational nature of first year in many property degrees, students are enrolled in large, multi-disciplinary classes. There are several challenges in the delivery of large first year multi-disciplinary units to engage the student in a community of leaning to aid in student retention. Through action based research this study shows how social networking, particularly Facebook, can be used to create a sense of community across large, multi-disciplinary units to illicit ‘real time’ feedback from students and encourage peer to peer learning. This study assesses the benefits of using social media and considers the potential limitations of this medium.

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ID Code: 56508
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 18 Jan 2013 06:19
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 23:46

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