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dc.contributor.authorBitar, Amineen_US
dc.contributor.authorMelki, Antoineen_US
dc.contributor.authorChammas, Michelen_US
dc.description.abstractRecently, social computing systems such as Social Network Sites (SNSs) have become more powerful across Human-to-Human interaction. An estimated 80% of university students rely on such SNSs in their daily communications, like internet surfing, discussions and social activities. In some universities, social networks have been adopted as a communication method between teachers and students. Some researchers claim that introducing social networks improves students academic performance and increases institutional revenues. In addition, a wide number of educational institutions have started the initiative of using open source social networking application. Elgg, in particular, is one of the widely used social learning platforms. This paper discusses the benefits of using Elgg and assesses its potential to substitute existing learning management systems in Lebanese higher educational institutions. It is organized as follows: 1) A literature review to define open source application and point out its benefits, open education and its progress, 2) a review of open source social networking technologies, their features and contribution to the educational process, 3) a discussion of the effect of open source social networking technologies on education systems, 4) an overview of Elgg pointing out its features and benefits as a social learning platform, followed by a comparison with different social learning platforms (moodle, drupal, JomSocial, and chamilo), 5) a case study of implementing Elgg at the Computer Science Department at the University of Balamand, discussion of results is followed, and finally 6) a conclusion with a recommendation to adopt Elgg as a substitute for learning management systems.en_US
dc.subjectOpen Sourceen_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial networksen_US
dc.titleELGG : An Effective Open Source Social Media for Lebanese Higher Educational Institutionsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.relation.conferenceInternational Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2013) (7th : 4-6 March 2013 : Valencia, Spain)en_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Computer Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Computer Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationInstitute of History Archeology and Near Eastern Studiesen_US
dc.relation.ispartoftext7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2013)en_US
dc.provenance.recordsourceOliben_US of Arts and Sciences- of Arts and Sciences-
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