Exploring the use of social networking websites as a student support tool

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In looking towards the creation of these site-maintained ‘spaces’, one may wish to explore the possibility of using and/or adapting social networking websites. Even though their current use does not completely meet the student support requirements discussed in this paper, they offer a more relaxed atmosphere that can allow students to build their capability for functioning in an online environment. Purposes for which the space may be used include, • Linking to sites where students can upgrade their ICT and other pre-requisite skills • Building FAQs • Sharing of information (general, personal) using various media • Scheduling of self-help study group activities • Posting of blogs • Building special interest groups

Overall it is envisaged that skills developed in this environment can feedback into and enhance the formal learning experience.