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Title: A traditional school towards a new dimension: social learning.
Authors: Ferreira, Maria João
Moreira, Fernando
Seruca, Isabel
Keywords: Traditional school
Social learning
Information systems and technologies (IST)
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Ferreira, M.J., Moreira, F., & Seruca, I. (2013). A traditional school towards a new dimension: social learning. he Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference, v.30 n.2684, San Antonio, Texas, 7-10 nov.2013.
Abstract: Schools have suffered a large (r)evolution at social, economic and technological levels, particularly during the last 10 years, when traditional barriers of transferring information and knowledge silos have been progressively eliminated. Finding experts and knowledge within a school is now easier through Social Learning. A change of paradigm in day-to-day use of information systems and technologies (IST) by students does not sustain such a transformation by itself, however. A change of culture and behavior is also necessary. The appropriate use of IST integrated with the school's processes will depend on both individual and collective efforts, that is, on what may be called "collective leadership". The younger generation is accustomed to sharing, often through mobile devices (MDs), personal information on Facebook, and Twitter, among other platforms, and enters the job market looking for similar tools. These new "social tools" eliminate the barriers of communication and sharing, allowing the production, sharing, and management of information and knowledge within the school between peers and other stakeholders. We believe that Social Learning is much more than just collaboration and sharing, since the IST that is currently available, by itself, allows the school processes to be more dynamic, more "social". These developments, along with the European Commission report "A Roadmap for Advanced Cloud Technologies H2020 under...", imply that the environment of IST (market research, education, etc.) is constantly changing. It is necessary to identify the major changes that can be expected in the next 5-10 years that may affect the IST environment. It is expected, for example, that in 2015 the concept "Bring your own Device" (BYOD) as well as the use of Cloud Computing will be practically general. Taking advantage of these technologies for teaching students through Social Learning, in particular nomadic students, requires a comprehension exercise in how to demonstrate its usefulness with regard to the creation, access and sharing of targeted and safe content. We propose a concept associated with mobile learning, called Create, Share, Document and Teach (m_CSDT). Structured and organized Social Learning, with different ISTs including MDs that comply with the concept m_CSDT will contribute in a particular way to the well-being of the school through the intelligence and agility dimensions. We believe that the intelligence dimension, on its different indicators, is achieved through "collective leadership", since this one is more efficient than hierarchic management, for certain types of tasks, allowing the internal relations of cooperation to increase and improve the flow of knowledge. This because broad participation is usually more effective and leads to more information that can be processed and used in decision-making. The agility dimension is achieved through collaborative work supported mainly by nomadic students, allowing a systemic perception, especially taking advantage of the interconnections between the school's capabilities and learning with IST's opportunities. This research intends to provide a comprehensive view of a new dimension in the traditional schools, i.e. social learning supported by mobile IST – m_CSDT – in order to improve their well-being through the intelligence and agility dimension.
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