Instead of spending time waiting for a teacher’s answer via mail or in the next lesson, students get desired information more easily and quickly by asking their schoolmates via Skype, Facebook or other social media. In other words: students use social media for working with others on shared tasks. Instant messaging for example facilitates collaboration among students by enabling prompt and immediate exchange on specific topics.

The model points out the fact that the students’ learning process is never fully accessible by the teacher since students design their learning experiences in an individual and partially informal way. Teachers do not have (and they do not need to have) full insight into this process since their role is mainly limited to task-related support. The process’ organization (partially) depends on the responsibility of learners themselves. Social media offer need-oriented and flexible channels for designing learning in a collaborative way.

Legend: Studis=Students, SM=Social Media, Aufgabe=Task, eCo=eCollaboration, Dozi=Teacher, Reflexion=Reflection

Nicole Bittel 25.07.2013