Educational Social Networks as a Means for Better Social Cohesion in Education

Educational Social Networks as a Means for Better Social Cohesion in Education

Vili Podgorelec (Institute of Informatics (FERI), University of Maribor, Slovenia) and Maša Dobrina (Institute of Informatics (FERI), University of Maribor, Slovenia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4490-8.ch011
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Abstract

In the chapter, the authors argue whether social networks can contribute to the enhanced sense of community in an educational environment. Several studies show that the creation of a proper social environment with proper social integration has important positive effects on the students’ success in learning environments. In the chapter, the results of the study performed at the University of Maribor are presented, which show that social networks can enhance social cohesion, improve communication between members, and contribute to goal achievement of a social group.
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Extending Online Collaboration With Educational Social Network

Within the field of education social networks can enhance social cohesion, improve communication between members and contribute to goal achievement of a social group (in our case group of students with the common goal of similar interests in the field of study and successful conclusion of an educational course). We believe that engaging in an educational social network would be a positive addition to all other forms of online collaboration because it would contribute to social cohesion between students, encourage innovation, and enhance the effectiveness of learning and searching for information, linked to education. The other side of benefits would be also for the outside student social groups as research and development sections to be more easily linked to research in education.

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