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Book chapter

Education via Social Net Sites: Challenges and Perspectives

P. 343-367.
Balakina Y. V., Frolova N.

Incorporation of blended learning into educational process is complex and
challenging. The chapter aims to elucidate educators’ and students’ engagement
and attitude towards the use of computer-mediated communication and social net
sites in general, and for educational purposes in particular, in order to single out
the issues that are controversial and slow down the use of ICT in teaching practice.
It presents university teachers’ and students’ opinions collected by observation and
interviewing. The results of the study, based on the fourth-generation method of
assessment, reveal that both students and educators are active users of SNS and are
optimistic about their integration into educational process. However, despite all the
advantages of SNS disclosed in the study, still there are some issues to overcome
before SNS can become an integral part of educational process. At present, its use
should be supported by other means like LMS or MOOCs as well as traditional
on-campus activities.