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- Fairy tales and Elggs: social networking with student rovers in learning commons
- Tairi, Kim; McCormack, Rob; Leihy, Peodair; Ring, Peter
- The Learning (or Information) Commons concept has transformed and extended library services in universities worldwide and most university libraries have adopted aspects of the concept. At Victoria University (VU) the Commons has co-located related student services. Student Rovers are a key feature of the service offered. To build an online community of practice for the Rovers, VU experimented with open source social networking software. A central lesson is that, while web-based social networking is essential, the usability and reliability of any particular software is less important than the way in which such tools are used by participants. This paper will outline preliminary results of VU's evaluation of the pilot and dispel some of the myths and fairy tales around using social networking software in an educational context.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Information Resources
- [Proceedings] VALA 14th Biennial Conference and Exhibition: Libraries / Changing Spaces, Virtual Places, 5-7 February 2008, Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre.
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- Social networking; Information literacy; Academic libraries; Learning community; Learning; Social networks; Community networking
- VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future, Inc.
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