Special Issue "New Media and Social Learning"


A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gráinne Conole
School of Education, University of Leicester, 21 University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RF, UK
Website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/education/people/ili-staff/grainne
E-Mail: gcc7@le.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)116 252 5720
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5725
Interests: e-learning; technology enhanced learning; learning design; open educational resources; social and participatory media; learning theories; e-learning strategy and policy; theory and methodology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

New technologies offer a plethora of ways in which learners can interact with rich multimedia and communicate and collaborate. Social and participatory media now enable learners to connect beyond the classroom on a global scale. Crowd sourcing and citizen inquiry are two ways in which social media are being harnessed, utilizing the power of a distributed networked community of learners and teachers. Mobile devices mean that learning anywhere and anytime is now a reality. These technologies can facilitate a broad range of pedagogical approaches; from use of mobile Apps to support drill and practice through to constructivist, situative and connectivist pedagogies. This special issue will explore these phenomena and will consider the implications for learners, teachers and institutions. Papers are welcome on topics on this theme. Papers on empirically based studies or theoretical perspectives are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Gráinne Conole
Guest Editor


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  • social and participatory media
  • learning design
  • open approaches
  • pedagogies
  • interaction
  • communication and collaboration

Published Papers (2 papers)

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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(3), 378-393; doi:10.3390/socsci3030378
Received: 9 May 2014; in revised form: 22 July 2014 / Accepted: 31 July 2014 / Published: 8 August 2014
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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(3), 359-377; doi:10.3390/socsci3030359
Received: 29 April 2014; in revised form: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 1 August 2014 / Published: 7 August 2014
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Last update: 7 November 2013

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