The Use of Web 2.0 Technologies in China Higher Education: Social Media Acceptance at the East China Normal University

Peter Riezebos, Jan Willem Foppen, Sjoerd A. de Vries, Wu Zhanjie, Zhu Zhiting

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Abstract

This paper examines the acceptance and use of social media in China’s higher education. The recent impact of web 2.0 applications have the capacity to preserve critical and analytical associational thinking as well as aiding analogical thoughts due to accessing the wealth of information and interacting with it. Being almost mandatory for students, as they are becoming more and more technology dependent, web 2.0 applications are expected to induce change in higher education and significantly contribute towards educational goals (Bryant, 2006; Klamma et al., 2007; Franklin & Van Harmelen, 2008; Redecker, Alla-Mutka, Bacigalupo, Ferrari &Punie, 2009). Safran, Helic and Gutl (2007) further stipulate the educational importance web 2.0 could have on the collective mental development of students. According to them, web 2.0 applications have the capacity to preserve critical and analytical associational thinking as well as aiding analogical thoughts due to accessing the wealth of information and interacting with it. This active participation functionality is emphasized by Mcloughlin and Lee (2007). They claim that web 2.0 instruments have the potential to tackle the needs of students, enriching their learning experiences through personalization, customizations and providing robust opportunities for collaboration and networking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference Proceedings
EditorsWilliam Benedict Russell III
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherInternational Society for the Social Studies (ISSS)
Pages213-219
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012
EventInternational Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference, ISSS 2012 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 1 Mar 20122 Mar 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference, ISSS 2012
Abbreviated titleISSS
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period1/03/122/03/12

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