Social media apps as e-learning tools to support fashion pedagogy

Rezandi, Michael Charles Daniel (2016) Social media apps as e-learning tools to support fashion pedagogy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Social media apps as e-learning tools to support fashion pedagogy

Social media has become an essential part of todays' communication and is extensively used by tertiary students all over the world. This time period is currently referred to as the information age, characterized by the burgeoning of information sharing. In March 2015, Digital, Social & Mobile APAC Singapore reported active Internet user data and user-claimed mobile Internet to a total number of 4.4 Million people that are accessing social media via mobile. (We Are Social, 2015).
Social media in todays' context has moved from the use of online profiles such as Myspace or Friendster as a tool for digital socializing. The new social media platforms have been used for far greater things than socializing. In the context of the Fashion industry, brands and emerging designers have been using a myriad of social platforms to communicate with their demographic.
The majorities of students in Fashion Studies today are considered millennial, the late generation Y, and are referred to as digital natives (Prensky, 2001). Millennial were born in the era of sharing where information was readily available from every source possible and sharing was the currency. This paper sought to explore the paradigm shift in pedagogy as suggested by Mcloughlin and Lee (2007) who explored beyond the didactic method of knowledge acquisition by students to the realm of using social apps and its affordances as an integral part of learning.
To address the shift into the contemporary pedagogy the author analyzed issues such as: determining credible access of information by distinguishing innumerable unbounded source of open information, the large number of broad generalization of social media apps, the disconnection of students' capabilities and the way education is disseminated, and lastly, the possibility of using social media apps to support making in fashion pedagogy.
The instrument used to search for answers was a survey that was implemented to the Fashion Department at LASALLE College of the Arts (n= 115). The survey answers were important to provide an appropriate formalizedsolution to the use of social media in the academic context. The paper discusses the findings of the study and connects the data to emerging pedagogies in Arts education that can further contribute to the building of 21s t Century Skills. Students' habits within social media are paired with likely pedagogical uses.

Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Arts Pedagogy and Practice
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 08:44
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 08:44

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