Social Media and their Potential Impact upon Learners’ Understanding of Information: The Impact of Words and Images within Distance Learning Environments, and the Associated Publishing Opportunities

By Kele Anyanwu and Caroline M. Crawford.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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People are interesting creatures, because as the impact of book from yesterday and today may well suggest the importance of books within tomorrows learning environments. With the significant growth and subsequently growing acceptance of distance learning as a viable means through which to offer coursework, it is natural for the social media realm to also impact the potential future of books as a popular cultural representation. However, within the distance learning milieu, books continue to be viable expectations for the course instructors and the learners. The book continues to maintain as the primary means through which the learners are capable of developing a knowledge base of understanding related to the subject matter. The information is offered by suggested experts in the focused field, which is of primary importance within any learning theory and a representative body of ethical and honorable instructors. Words and images within the distance learning environments are of vital importance, not only through the realm of the book but also through the realm of the social media that shapes the distance learning environments. The opportunity to delve further into subject-focused knowledge understanding and the opportunity to offer criticism related to theories, research and discussions is important towards the learner’s use of information as critically examining and educated citizenry. The opportunity to implement social media as a means through which to critically examine and elucidate different social beliefs may well become a vital role within distance learning environments; however, the basic knowledge and understanding, not to mention the comfort of a good book when the electricity is shut off, are all viable realities associated with the awe-inspiring wonders of the book.

Keywords: Online Learning Environment, Distance Education, Course Design, Cognitive Scaffolding, Instructional Competence, Virtual Learning Expectations, Instruction, Instructional Design, Instructional Expectations, Learning, Competence, Online Learning, Learning, Virtual Learning Environments, Teaching, Social Media

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.187-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 536.878KB).

Kele Anyanwu

Doctoral Student, College of Education, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Kele Anyanwu is a doctoral student, focused upon Science Education and Instructional Technology, at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, USA. He has an interest in social media and its impact upon the Science Education learning environment, with attention towards supporting the social climate and higher order critical thinking skills.

Dr. Caroline M. Crawford

Associate Professor, Instructional Technology, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, USA

Caroline M. Crawford, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas, USA. At this point in Dr. Crawford’s professional career, her main areas of interest focus upon communities of learning and the appropriate and successful integration of technologies into the learning environment.

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