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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 3, Special ECEL issue / Aug 2012  pp257‑379

Editor: Sue Greener, Asher Rospigliosi

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Editorial for the ECEL 2011 Special Issue of EJEL  pp257‑258

Sue Greener, Asher Rospigliosi

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Starting online: Exploring the use of a Social Networking Site to Facilitate transition into Higher Education  pp259‑263

John Knight, Rebecca Rochon

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Cognitive communication 2.0 in Higher Education: to tweet or not to tweet?  pp264‑276

António Andrade, Cornélia Castro, Sérgio André Ferreira

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A Case of Problem Based Learning for Cross‑Institutional Collaboration  pp277‑285

Chrissi Nerantzi

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Research ethics in emerging forms of online learning: issues arising from a hypothetical study on a MOOC  pp286‑296

Antonella Esposito

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Comparing Childrens E‑safety Strategies with Guidelines Offered by Adults  pp297‑309

Birgy Lorenz, Kaido Kikkas, Mart Laanpere

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Mediating Diversity and Affection in Blended Learning: a Story With a Happy Ending  pp310‑319

Dina Soeiro, António Dias de Figueiredo, Joaquim Armando Gomes Ferreira

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Empathy and Dignity through technology: using lifeworld‑led multimedia to enhance learning about the head, heart and hand  pp320‑330

Andy Pulman, Kathleen Galvin, Maggie Hutchings, Les Todres, Anne Quinney, Caroline Ellis-Hill, Peter Atkins

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Getting the Message: supporting students’ transition from Higher National to degree level study and the role of mobile technologies  pp331‑341

Julia Fotheringham, Emily Alder

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Exploring a ‘middle ground’: engagement with students in a social learning environment.  pp342‑350

Anne MJ Smith, Sonya Campbell

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Abstract

Abstract: The twenty first century student demands more from universities in terms of engagement that is flexible, accessible and immediate. This means universities revisiting their engagement agenda at a time when financial constraints can least afford expensive technologies and resource dependent engagement solutions. Solutions are likely to be varied however they must fundamentally deliver what students expect in terms of engagement. Engagement requires a partnership between academe and student body, but often this relationship is a tension between what universities want to deliver, and what students expect to receive. This complex environment of constraint, tension and expectation means that solutions will be tested by both parties on those variables. In pursuit of solutions it is presumed that there could be a ‘middle ground’ that would be acceptable to both parties. The aim of this paper is to present the concept of ‘middle ground’ engagement, where parties engage in learning using a simple, cost effective and easily accessible communication tool. ‘Middle ground’ is an emerging concept informed by results from a study of student communication, interaction and social learning. It enables freedom of movement for the user to communicate, engage and participate with others. The tool tested in the study is not a formal learning space such as a VLE, or a branded social space such as facebook, but rather a flexible, social learning environment allowing simultaneous access to social networking sites and formal academic space. The subsequent challenge is to shape and roll out a communication tool that is ‘middle ground’. 

 

Keywords: engagement, participation, formal/informal learning, social learning, collaborative learning, social interaction

 

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Fostering a web 2.0 ethos in a traditional e‑learning environment  pp351‑359

Marie Martin, Michaela Noakes

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Fostering a web 2.0 ethos in a traditional e‑learning environment  pp360‑368

Marie Martin, Michaela Noakes

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