Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges

Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges

Bogdan Pătruţ (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacău, Romania), Monica Pătruţ (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacău, Romania) and Camelia Cmeciu (Danubius University of Galati, Romania)
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Release Date: January, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 511
ISBN13: 9781466628519|ISBN10: 1466628510|EISBN13: 9781466628526|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2851-9

Description

As web applications play a vital role in our society, social media has emerged as an important tool in the creation and exchange of user-generated content and social interaction. The benefits of these services have entered in the educational areas to become new means by which scholars communicate, collaborate, and teach.

Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges provides relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest research on social media and its challenges in the educational context. This book is essential for professionals aiming to improve their understanding of social media at different levels of education, as well as researchers in the fields of e-learning, educational science, information and communication sciences, and much more.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Analytics for Social Media
  • Content management systems
  • Mobile Social Media and Mobile Teaching/Learning
  • Online Learning Environments
  • Pedagogical Challenges
  • Social Media in Academia
  • Web 2.0 Technologies

Reviews and Testimonials

Bogdan Patrut (computer science, Vasile Alecsandri U. of Bacau, Romania), Monica Patrut, and Camelia Cmeciu draw together 20 chapters by researchers in educational technology, communication, marketing and business, information technology, education, and other areas from Europe, the US, Canada, and Malaysia, who consider the changes brought to higher education by social media, specifically the integration of social media into the existing academic environment and moving to a new social academic environment that would be originally integrated with social media. They discus pedagogical challenges, including collaboration between faculty and students on Facebook, mobile learning for vocational education, social design, and learning 2.0 in high school; the integration of social media, including its impact on the development of distance education communities, changes in corporate social responsibility focused on informal education when moving to Web 2.0, and the adaptation of social media-based courses to the changes in industry; case studies of educational institutions in Romania, Spain, Portugal, Malaysia, Ukraine, the US, and Singapore; and technologies such as microblogging, intensive data communication, and augmented reality, as well as social media dependency.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

Provides a unique overview of the role social media plays in the creation and exchange of user-generated content and social interaction in the educational realm. [...] Focusing on the benefits and challenges that social media represents in the world of education, this work is valuable to educators, practitioners, and students of education who want to know more about this changing impact and influences.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

We are profoundly impressed by this book. The authors are very sensitive to the subject and are able to raise much attention in social media’s appropriate use and emerging perspectives. More importantly, the book informs how social media takes on various applications and connotations in the rapidly changing world, in different countries and education fields, and even the effects on both faculty and students.

– Chia-Wen Tsai, Pei-Di Shen and Yi-Chun Chiang, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Bogdan Patrut is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at "Vasile Alecsandri" University of Bacau, Romania, with a Ph.D in computer science and a Ph.D in accounting. His domains of interest/research are in multi-agent systems and computer science. He has published and edited more than 25 books on programming, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and interactive education. He is also the editor-in-chief of BRAIN: Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience.
Monica Patrut is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at "Vasile Alecsandri" University of Bacau, Romania. Her domains of research are political communication and computer science. She is an active member of the editorial advisory board of BRAND: Broad Research in Accounting, Negotiation, and Distribution . She has published several academic books on applying computer science in educational, social and political topics, and papers in international journals like Public Relations Review, and the Journal of Media Research.
Camelia Cmeciu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the Danubius University of Galati, Romania. Her research interests cover semiotics, organizational and political communication, advertising discourse, and linguistics.She is the editor-in-chief of the journal s of Communication. Her work on social semiotics, organizational discourse, and political discourse appears in academic journals like Public Relations Review, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, European Legacy, Towards New Paradigms, and Journal of Media Studies.

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