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Title:Flickr and Social Networking Sites in the Classroom
Author(s):Holden, Amanda
Subject(s):social networking sites, Flickr, collaborative learning, college classroom
Abstract:The first question I had was “How has Flickr changed the world of photography?” Since this was such a general topic I wanted to change it to benefit students here at the University of Illinois. I then revised this question into my initial question, which is “How has Flickr changed the world of photography and benefited or harmed students work?” Through this question and my research I decided that social networking sites would benefit college students in the classroom. My research included interviewing three different students at the University of Illinois. Each had a different major and only was one in a major that involved photography. Through these interviews it was clear that there was a bigger issue, which lead to my next question. This question was “Are social media websites beneficial or harmful for college students?” The research lead me to believe that social networking sites indeed are beneficial due to the collaborative learning that comes from it. These websites also allow for students and teachers to interact outside of the classroom.
Issue Date:2011-12
Course / Semester:RHET105 Fall 2011: Principles of Composition
Cody Caudill, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-03-06

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