Today’s advanced social networking technologies such as blogs, wikis, twitter, etc. have enabled users to create online communities, exchange information and distribute resources more effectively and efficiently than ever. This presents exciting opportunities to enhance interaction for educational purposes.
With the ease and instantaneousness of social networking, users can engage in more meaningful interaction, more in-depth reflections and more critical thinking. As the new technologies offer great educational potential, it is important to consider their pedagogical implications and explore innovative strategies to promote interaction.
It is also equally important to address possible issues and pitfalls associated with these technologies, as the velocity of social networking media can attract harmful interactions such as cyberbullying. In order to create a safe interactive learning environment, it is essential to be aware of these negative effects of social networking and develop ways to prevent and minimise the risks.
This special issue aims at exploring innovative strategies to promote interaction through social networking and also at raising awareness of possible issues associated with it.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Innovative strategies to enhance interaction through social networking
- Creative instructional design for social networking technologies
- Case studies of social network-based interaction
- Design and development of social networking technologies
- Issues and potential risks in social network-based learning environments
- Solutions to problems associated with social networking
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2016
Final versions due: 31 August, 2016