Social networking in higher education: a knowledge convergence platform

Benson, Vladlena ORCID:, Morgan, Stephanie and Tennakoon, Hemamali (2013) Social networking in higher education: a knowledge convergence platform. In: 4th World Summit on the Knowledge Society, WSKS 2011, 21-23 Sep 2011, Mykonos, Greece.

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With the increasing infiltration of online social networking into the everyday life of the younger generation, higher education appears to be a lucrative platform for deploying social networks in an academic context. This paper suggests research questions and opens a discussion in relation to managing knowledge on online social networking in academic settings and beyond. Extant research provides a useful lens into the applications of social networking sites in learning and teaching or at the stages of employability and career management in student life. A limited consideration in current research has been given to exploring capabilities of social networking for lifelong learning and its role in the entire student lifecycle. The potential opened by online social networking in the area of knowledge accumulation and knowledge sharing is yet to be properly addressed by researchers. Therefore more attention is needed to identify the overarching issues of social networking applications in Higher Education (HE) settings. Based on a broad literature review this paper draws attention to some implications for HE institutions of exploiting knowledge resources with online social networks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISBN: 9783642358791
Identifier: 10.1007/978-3-642-35879-1_50
Page Range: pp. 416-425
Identifier: 10.1007/978-3-642-35879-1_50
Keywords: Knowledge management; online social networking; social capital; student lifecycle; educational technology; employability
Subjects: Education
Education > Higher education
Computing > Knowledge management
Education > Teaching and learning
Education > Teaching and learning > Technology-enhanced learning
Depositing User: Vladlena Benson
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 09:12
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:24

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