Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Advanced ICT and Education

Using mobile devices to leverage student access to collaboratively-generated resources: A case of WhatsApp instant messaging at a South African University

Authors
Patient Rambe, Crispen Chipunza
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Patient Rambe
Available Online August 2013.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icaicte.2013.66How to use a DOI?
Keywords
WhatsApp, MIM, collectively-generated resources, dialogic interactions
Abstract
WhatsApp instant messaging has poten-tial to bridge information divides between educators and students. Its capacity to create personalised environments was harnessed to share collectively generated educational resources among previously disadvantaged students (PDS) students at a South African university. Data analysis combined mobile instant messaging-mediated (WhatsApp) interactions among students and educators and student evaluations of WhatsApp’s value using blogs. Results suggest that students conceived WhatsApp as a lever for bridging access to peer-generated resources, heightening on-task behaviour and promoting meaningful context-free learning.
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Proceedings
2013 International Conference on Advanced ICT and Education (ICAICTE-13)
Part of series
Advances in Intelligent Systems Research
Publication Date
August 2013
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978-90786-77-79-6
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1951-6851
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icaicte.2013.66How to use a DOI?
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