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Learning with LinkedIn: Students' perceptions of incorporating subject-related blogging in an international marketing course
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6729-884X
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2454-9674
2016 (English)In: Interactive Technology and Smart Education, ISSN 1741-5659, E-ISSN 1758-8510, Vol. 13, no 2, 166-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose This paper aims to report the results of implementation of blogging within a LinkedIn discussion group in an international marketing course for a multicultural group of students focusing on the students' perceptions of the subject-related blogging. Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts a qualitative approach; data have been collected through online observations of the students' activity in a LinkedIn discussion group and structured interviews with volunteers after the completion of the course.Findings The results indicate the students' positive attitudes towards blogging in LinkedIn. Blogging perceptibly contributed to the students' acquisition of knowledge in the subject area, development of multicultural awareness and writing skills and improvement of critical thinking. In most cases, this type of activity had an impact on the development of the students' creativity and personal expression. Some patterns are only identified for subgroups of students with a certain cultural background (Chinese, Asian, German-speaking and European students).Research limitations/implicationsThe results of this qualitative study are specific for a particular setting (a small international class of students) and a certain type of assignment (in terms of its structure and instructor involvement).Originality/valueThis study contributes to the growing body of literature on using social media-based assignments in business education by generating a better understanding of how participants in a multicultural group perceive the process of experiential learning while blogging in a LinkedIn discussion group.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 13, no 2, 166-183 p.
Keyword [en]
Blogs, LinkedIn, Higher education, Social media, Collaborative learning, Experiential learning
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Business Administration
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Business administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9455DOI: 10.1108/ITSE-10-2015-0033ISI: 000379782900005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84977530114OAI: diva2:942991
Available from: 2016-06-27 Created: 2016-06-27 Last updated: 2017-01-03Bibliographically approved

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