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Evaluation of WhatsApp for promoting social presence in a first year undergraduate Radiography Problem Based Learning (PBL) group

Robinson, L, Behi, O, Corcoran, A, Cowley, V, Cullinane, J, Martin, I and Tomkinson, D 2015, 'Evaluation of WhatsApp for promoting social presence in a first year undergraduate Radiography Problem Based Learning (PBL) group' , Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 46 (3) , pp. 280-286.

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Abstract

The paper reports the findings of an analysis into student postings on a Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) service (WhatsApp) established to develop social presence in a small group of first year undergraduate radiography students. The analysis was carried out using a validated and reported tool specifically designed to identify categories of social presence, developed using the Community of Enquiry theoretical model. The students themselves undertook the analysis which enhanced validity due to participant verification of findings. Six hundred posts (approximately 10% of the total year’s messages) were analysed at key points in the first year student journey. Conclusion: WhatsApp was able to provide students with a platform to demonstrate all the characteristics relevant for the development of social presence. In addition, its immediacy appeared to offer benefits over embedded social media platforms such as discussion boards

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community of enquiry, mobile instant messaging, socialisation, students
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1939-8654
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Leslie Robinson
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 09:35
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35733

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