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Advantages and disadvantages of social media as learning environment in adult education

Language: EN

Posted by Julija MELNIKOVA

The social media has a great potential in adult education. Many adults perceive social media as the source of up-to-date information on friends and world while for some it is a tool for communication, self-promotion and boasting about one’s achievements. The rise of social networking sites, and a general interest in student-centered pedagogies have attracted attention to the use of popular Internet tools to enhance distance education. Such potential can be effectively used in adult education. It allows adult educators to prolong learning process beyond a classroom and for adult learners to learn things for which there was not enough time during a training. The article is specifically sought to describe the most popular social media tools and to provide an overview on the main benefits and risks of applying these tools and services in the process of adult learning.

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Julija Melnikova
Publication Date:
Monday, 15 January, 2018
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