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Title: Open source social technologies for teaching computer programming
Authors: Bitar, Amine 
Melki, Antoine 
Affiliations: Department of Computer Science 
Department of Computer Science 
Keywords: Elearning systems
Open Source
Subjects: Computer programming
Social networks
Issue Date: 2014
Part of: International journal of recent development in engineering and technology
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Start page: 59
End page: 63
An estimated 87% of university students rely on Social Networking Sites (SNSs) in their daily communications, like sharing ideas, events, discussions and social activities. Some universities have adopted open source SNSs as a communication tool for teaching to improve students academic performance and increases institutional revenues. This paper discusses the benefits of using open source SNSs, especially Elgg, in teaching Computer Programming. It is organized as follows: 1) A literature review to define open education, 2) a review of open source social networking technologies and their effects on education systems, 3) an overview of Elgg pointing out its features and benefits as a social learning engine, 4) a case study of implementing Elgg in teaching Computer Programming course, discussion of results is followed, and finally 5) a conclusion with a recommendation to adopt Elgg as a substitute for learning management systems.
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Computer Science

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